Morning Reads: May 1, 2012

May 1, 2012 9:17 am

by Buzz Brockway · 25 comments

Happy International Workers’ Day!

Occupy Atlanta plans a protest at Troy Davis Park at 10:30 AM. As you’ll recall the Occupy crowd renamed Woodruff Park after the convicted and recently executed cop-killer.

At least this group plans to clean up after themselves when they’re done protesting at the Capitol today.

Here’s a full schedule of all the fun-filled May Day festivities.

If marching is not your style, you can join your Occupy comrades at a screening of the movie “Koch Brothers Exposed” tonight at 7:30 PM.

Last week George Chidi penned a lengthy “Dear Occupy” letter and left the group. Others decided not to follow George out the door.

Other Georgia Reads

Doug Richards rememberd 4.30.92 when things got got nasty in the wake of the Rodney King ruling.

Andre over at Georgia Unfiltered has caused no small stir by uncovering Rashad Richey’s alleged brushes with the law. Richey is the Political Director for the Georgia Democratic Party. Democrats have pushed back, and speculation abounds about Richey’s lawyer even threatening  taking legal action. Georgia Progress, formerly “gapolitico” formerly “galiberal” quotes scriptures in their defense of Richey.

More on the vote by a citizens review panel against commercial flights at Briscoe Field in Gwinnett.

National Reads

One year ago today Osama bin Laden was killed.

The Obama campaign released a web ad praising the President’s decision to raid bin Laden’s compound and claiming Romney would have let bin Laden live. Navy SEALs criticize the President for playing politics with the issue.

President Obama’s new campaign slogan “Forward” has an interesting history as a political slogan.

We knew Ron Paul was staying in the race until the convention, but he said yesterday that he might not support Mitt Romney against President Obama. Is anyone really surprised?

Other Reads

The Gwinnett Braves have a 4.5 game lead in the International League’s South division.

The Big Braves lost to the Pirates yesterday but are still playing well and only a half game behind the Nats.

The Celtics’ Rajon Rondo won’t be playing in game 2 tonight of their first round matchup against the Hawks. Apparently bumping the Ref will get you in some trouble. The Hawks look to take a commanding 2-0 lead over the old and whiny Celtics.

Here’s a gorgeous slam by Marvin Williams Sunday night.

Buzz Brockway May 1, 2012 at 9:56 am
Calypso May 1, 2012 at 10:02 am

Andre over at Georgia Unfiltered has caused no small stir by uncovering Rashad Richey’s alleged brushes with the law. Richey is the Political Director for the Georgia Democratic Party. Democrats have pushed back, and speculation abounds about Richey’s lawyer even threatening taking legal action. Georgia Progress, formerly “gapolitico” formerly “galiberal” quotes scriptures in their defense of Richey.

Second Chances? Plural? You only get ONE second chance, after that it becomes a third screw-up and then a fourth, on to a fifth. If Rashad were a cat, he’d have used up his nine lives by now.

SallyForth May 1, 2012 at 7:55 pm

Quoting scriptures on this mess?! How ridiculous. I’m with you on this, Calypso – all those mug shots and arrest/jail records speak for themselves. This is damaging an already weakened Democratic Party, and it seems the honorable thing to do would be to either resign or at least take a leave of absence until it can be cleared up.

The Last Democrat in Georgia May 1, 2012 at 8:13 pm

“This is damaging an already weakened Democratic Party”

Georgia still has a Democrat Party?

Many Georgians are under the impression that they went out of business over a decade ago.

SallyForth May 1, 2012 at 11:35 pm

Last Dem, exactly ten years ago today, Democrats still held sway in GA, had the Governor’s office as well the majority in the State House and Senate, plus all but one of the statewide constitutional offices. The demise of the GA Democratic Party started in 2002, when the first Republican governor was elected since reconstruction began 134 years before, accompanied by the defeat of Speaker Murphy by a one-termer in his home district. Democrats held the legislature for a few more years, but Dems started flipping to Repubs at the Capitol, and Speaker Coleman got replaced in 2005 by the first Republican since reconstruction, Glenn Richardson.

The party switching accelerated after that, and the rout was on. The 2010 elections pretty much put the nails in the coffin and rendered the Party irrelevant in GA. Aided bit-by-bit by gerrymandering and packing districts every ten years since 1970 by Republican DOJ’s in Washington, Republicans finally took over the state. Interestingly, the first Democratic DOJ in over 40 years did nothing to help GA Democrats last year – so it looks like Republicans will hold the power for this decade (barring a lightening strike!).

The Last Democrat in Georgia May 2, 2012 at 12:15 am

“– so it looks like Republicans will hold the power for this decade (barring a lightening strike!).”

You mean a lightning strike as in the form of widespread indictments on federal corruption charges?

(Sarcasm on) There’s absolutely NO WAY that would ever happen with this bunch!

Because we all know that they are angels that would never do any wrong. (Sarcasm off)

The Last Democrat in Georgia May 2, 2012 at 12:17 am

(Sarcasm back on) I meant to say that our state legislators are *perfect* angels that would never commit any wrongs (Sarcasm definitely back off).

SallyForth May 2, 2012 at 2:39 pm

L/D, the only way to deal with this current bunch is with tons of sarcasm, huh?

Doug Grammer May 2, 2012 at 2:28 pm

Bit by bit gerrymandering every 10 years since the 1970’s …did play a part in the dem party’s demise, but those lines where drawn by dems. I have no problem w the last set of lines drawn and neither does President Obama’s justice department.

SallyForth May 2, 2012 at 2:38 pm

Not really, Doug – the Dems drew the lines for reapportionment, but had to send the whole shebang to DC for preclearance review by DOJ under Repub administrations. Those four DOJ’s refused to accept what the Dems drew up, sent the maps back to GA with demands for how to draw the lines, and in some cases actually drew the lines themselves and crammed down the Dems throats.
There are plenty of problems with the new winding, twisting legislative district lines (especially the one I live in!) and the packing of ethnic groups around the state. The current DOJ just didn’t have the cojones to take on the problem.

Doug Grammer May 3, 2012 at 12:33 am

Or if the dems drew up good and fair lines to begin with, they wouldn’t have to worry about what others drew up. They got caught cheating and you don’t like they way things were made right.

GAPolitico May 1, 2012 at 10:15 pm

Awww, does the Bible not line up with the Republican attack? I wonder which one is wrong.

saltycracker May 1, 2012 at 2:41 pm

AJC today: Deal moves to replace Miller County Board of Education

Miller County, GA
About 6,000 population and about 2,500 households
One City – Colquitt about 1,900 people

WTF – How can this possibly be a county or Colquitt an incorporated city ?

John Konop May 1, 2012 at 4:39 pm

The state of Georgia is now playing doctor? I wonder if the mother dies via the state playing doctor would that put tax payers at risk?

New Bill:

….Commonly referred to as a “fetal pain” bill, House Bill 954 will tighten medical exemptions for terminating pregnancies and require any abortion performed after 20 weeks of pregnancy be done in a way to bring the fetus out alive. No exemption is made for rape or incest. The measure says that a fetus can feel pain at 20 weeks, therefore the state has an interest in protecting it.
Supporters have said the law will save lives and protect more fetuses.

Opponents said the state is legislating decisions that should be made by doctors and puts doctors at risk who work with difficult pregnancies…..

Calypso May 1, 2012 at 4:47 pm

Pandering, the new leadership in the General Ass.

saltycracker May 1, 2012 at 5:01 pm

“…..require any abortion performed after 20 weeks of pregnancy be done in a way to bring the fetus out alive”

Somehow I thought the law was carry to term or abort (terminate life) with medical exemption.
That is probably a multi-million dollar decision to try and keep a fetus developing to 40 weeks and if severely disabled, for the rest of its life.
So how does this trail of financial responsibility play out ?
Can the woman turn the fetus over to the state ?
Wonder what the reaction of the insurance industry is ?
Wonder how the state is going to fund it ?

SallyForth May 1, 2012 at 8:06 pm

I think I’m gonna throw up. “Fetal pain”?? At a point when the medical community is unanimous that a fetus CANNOT feel pain. Get a grip!! How about all the pain of pregnancy and childbirth?
Would these politicians-playing-doctors please pass a bill to protect women and girls from all that REAL pain???

S/C, here’s an idea: Every Senator and Representative who voted “yes” on this bill, plus Gov. Deal now, should be required to each take financial and physical responsibility for every disabled or deformed neonate produced as a result of their irresponsible behavior. Once it goes through the full list, then the rotation should start over from the top.

saltycracker May 1, 2012 at 9:15 pm


This is a bit insane – there has to be something we don’t understand….even for the pro-life w/ exceptions crowd.
How many fetus’ would fall in this category a year ? Just a few might be very taxpayer punitive.

SallyForth May 1, 2012 at 11:14 pm

S/C, yep, insane pretty much covers the whole mess. I have no idea what the number will be, but my idea is to not be taxpayer punitive – I’m saying to let each legislator who voted “yes” take personal responsibility, carry the costs out of their own pocketbook instead of dumping the costs on we taxpayers. After all, they made this wrong-headed decision based on personal religious ideas – not what is in the best interest of the public and taxpayers.

John Konop May 2, 2012 at 10:21 am


My wife and I had 2 miscarriages and I cannot imagine dealing with BS state laws in the middle of this extremely emotionally difficult time. I cannot understand how anyone would support this, especially people who have been through miscarriages. I do think when voters figure this out, we could see backlash.

The Last Democrat in Georgia May 2, 2012 at 3:11 pm

If you want voter backlash over anti-abortion laws, move to a more politicially-moderate state.

Here in Georgia, until the Fetal Pain bill passed this past session, our Republican-dominated legislature had been under increasing political pressure from the right for their failure to pass any anti-abortion bills since 2005.

Heck, pro-choice people should consider themselves lucky that the bill only went as far as it did because it could have went much farther like no abortions under any circumstances after 20 weeks as was originally proposed.

SallyForth May 2, 2012 at 5:10 pm

John, my regrets for the experience of you and your wife – and you are right on target re how this nightmare law would have affected your lives. But it seems to me that voters are not paying attention, don’t really understand how draconian this legislation is – and won’t unless and until it affects their life directly (too late…..).
Everybody has been put into neat little boxes of either “pro life” (isn’t everybody for life??) or “pro choice” (isn’t everybody for choices??) is Lollipop Land speak on the abortion issue. Then rational thinking just goes out the window.

comradezero May 2, 2012 at 12:42 pm

FYI the march from Troy Davis Park and the festival in Coan Park were not Occupy Atlanta events. They were planned by May Day Atlanta:

Calypso May 2, 2012 at 2:32 pm

There is no troy davis park in Atlanta.

SallyForth May 2, 2012 at 5:11 pm

Who the devil is troy davis??

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