Morning Reads for Friday, May 18, 2012

All those elephants stomping around Columbus this weekend aren’t Alabama fans. They are Republicans, coming together to fuss and bicker over our state’s nominee for the election this November. No chimneys or white smoke involved.

Former UGA Employee Pleads Guilty to Stealing More than $200K from the University.

Austell is proposing a 28% property tax increase.

Shades of Collinswood. The new 9th congressional district race has gubernatorial family members supporting different candidates. Pass the popcorn.

Much ado about that shiny new terminal.

And the bleat goes on.

Keep up with Aimee Copeland here.

Herman Cain endorses Mitt Romney as GOP nominee. Finally.

Newt reluctantly joins the chorus.

Second verse, same as the first.

Capitol offices are being burgled. Republican congressional offices, specifically. Where’s the black helicopters?

Random Everywhere:
The Walking Dead kicks off Season 3 at the the end of May. Downtown Senoia will figure more prominently this season as a “safe haven” from nasty zombies.

Atlanta six year old turns an unassisted triple-play.

The NATS is fretting how their new basketball arena will show on TV.

Never lose a trivia game again – UGA prof pins modern parable book.

Donna Summer died Thursday after a battle of cancer.

Even though it’s last months news, it’s still so…so… schadenfreudeful.

AND DON’T FORGET tonight is the Columbus Peach Pundit Road Show at The LOFT’s Green Room at 1032 Broadway, 6 pm to around 9:30 or whenever we’re asked to leave. Avoid any cover charge by using the secret password PEACH PUNDIT ROADSHOW at the door.

“We look forward to seeing some of you. Others, not so much.”


  1. saltycracker says:

    Austell – 28% gets more attention than o.something of a mill. This is about 2,000 households with a city on a $6,000,000 budget, 100 employees with a $1 million health plan, buildings, land, parks and a bunch of departments with equipment. They could consider some economies of scale by unincorporating and becoming a town in the county. Or enjoy their status as a city…or talk 6 flags into signing up.

    • Calypso says:

      Just about anything in the positive column of the ledger sheet is more than the GA Dems have on hand.

    • Andre says:

      And in case you needed a reminder, Clayton County Superior Court Judge Deborah Benefield ordered $798 to be withheld from the paycheck of Rashad Richey, political director for the Democratic Party of Georgia, every month for child support.

      Isn’t that great?

      The money collected from Georgia Democrat donors is going to pay child support. That just makes me shake my head.

  2. Charlie says:

    “All those elephants stomping around Columbus this weekend aren’t Alabama fans…”

    I’m guessing you’ve never met Debbie Dooley.

  3. saltycracker says:

    Over the weekend of May 10 we attended two graduations, one at the Medical College of GA in Augusta and the other at UGA in Athens. They were inspirational and caused some reflection. Particularly when observing the numbers of graduate degrees by those embracing American opportunities but not a culture of entitlements.

    America is still the land of opportunity for the driven. As more immigrants seize the opportunites does that mean they are more driven than our graduates or is academia engaged in global affirmative action ? Either answer causes reflection of the ways we should do better.

    The keynote speaker at the Hooding Ceremony for new M.D.’s at MCG was Vice Admiral Matthew Nathan, a 1981 graduate and now the Surgeon General of the Navy. He gave an inspirational talk encouraging the new doctors to embrace technology while keeping in touch with the human side, maintaining honor and serving their community. We left optimistic and challenged.

    The keynote speaker at UGA was Governor Deal. The Governor took a “politically correct” route with a speech peppered with cliches and advising graduates they had to run twice as fast today. It was a stark contrast to the Vice Admiral’s talk.

    America is the land of opportunity. Students from all over the world are driven to improve themselves through this freedom and it’s opportunities for the most driven to achieve. At both ceremonies, particularly for advanced degrees, the global effect was obvious. A side effect is education’s insatiable appetite for money. Another may be global affirmative action in academia. Gov. Deal struck that nerve with some, misinterpreted or not, as he told them they had to run twice as fast.

    With us in Augusta was a successful farmer from middle Georgia. He was a student here from France in the early ’80’s and saw opportunity when farms were failing everywhere. In the ’80’s Georgia farms were reeling from the heavy borrowing binge facilitated by easy Fed loans and market changes. Farm Aid concerts and the Feds were rushing to bail out/subsidize the leveraged farmer.

    My friend avoided high leverage, paid off loans in good years, added to his land in lean ones and now owns over 2,000 acres of farmland. The Fed is again repriming the bubble with subsidies and ethanol and picking winners. Some farmers are living large and some are preparing for another round of opportunity.

    Perhaps we must do better in teaching our children not to take our high standard of living for granted but strive responsibly to keep their “entitlements” and make an even better life for themselves. Not to say some don’t, just every year more are displaced by others that want it more.

    As the great Georgian, Pogo, told us years ago, we have met the enemy and he is us.

  4. Calypso says:

    I just read in Galloway’s column that Ralston is being real ass in his convention speech regarding ethics and gift caps. In essence, he said anyone who wants an ethical government is a liberal.

  5. saltycracker says:

    Healthcare ponderings:
    America is spending more per person than any other country – approaching double Germany and rising much faster.
    We can get everyone in the pay pot or allow refusal of service.
    Another option is designate charity hospitals and let them deal with the masses of uninsured.

    Obamacare is not going to contain costs.
    Big business is better off raising wages and paying the penalty.

    What we probably need is between the polars we have:

    Keep the individual mandate, open the door to competitive private health care providers and let the markets set the premiums.

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