Morning Reads for Friday, May 25, 2012

It’s the North vs the South again.

More trouble for the Clayton County Board of Education.

The phone is ringing off the hook at the Fayette County election office these days.

Former Atlanta teachers testify they had the thumbs up to cheat.

Georgia has 4 beautiful lakes which made Southern Living’s Best Lakes. One is at Callaway Gardens, which is sadly selling off 4,000 acres to reduce debt accumulated due to the bad economy reducing visitors by over half.

The DeKalb School System is looking at some eye-popping numbers when it comes to budget cuts. Fernbank Science Center, which is operated by the school system, is on the chopping block.

After all the veto happiness of last week, the Douglasville City Council voted to investigate the Mayor’s car accident in a city vehicle on Valentine’s Day. Karma, dude.

Elton John, Atlanta’s resident celebrity, has received treatment in L.A. (Los Angeles, not Lower Alabama) and cancelled concerts due to a serious respiratory infection.

The Imperial Federal Government will allow public swimming pools to open this summer. After all, summer contains those crucial months that run up to the election. WinkWinkNodNod.

Today is Free Speech Blog Burst Day. The latest target of intimidation and harassment is Georgia born and bred R.S. McCain. His crime? Covering stories about Brett Kimberlin, aka the Speedway Bomber. They say sunlight is a good disinfectant. This guy is about to have a graviton particle beam flooding his vision in 3.. 2.. 1..

Random Everywhere:
Eugene Polley, inventor of the TV remote and the resulting sofa wars, died Sunday in Chicago.

The-Worlds-Hottest-Car got a spin by Don Draper in Sunday night’s Mad Men.

BRAG 2012 kicks off in two weeks. There’s still time to register.

UGA ranks #12 in 2012 recruitment standings. Georgia Tech? Well, keep scrolling, yeah, yeah, yeah, keep going. There. 57th. Not that there’s anything wrong with that.

Late additions:
More than half of metro Atlanta mortgages are underwater.

Quick thinking saved this man’s life, as his car crashed into a Smyrna pool.


  1. With all that talent at UGA , you’d think they would be winning championships every year. Didn’t Steve Spurrier make a similar observation some years ago?

    • GotUrBack says:

      The only thing it can be attributed to is leadership. Too many guys getting arrested and kicked off the team is a failure of the program which is the result of leadership or lack thereof. That’s my $.02.

      • John Vestal says:

        Buzz, last I heard there’s actually a good chance Richt’s entire signing class will actually be academically eligible to enroll this year. I’m actually looking forward to seeing this happen….as traffic will be light on whichever day the inevitable state holiday is declared.

        (And….unless you’re actually in Athens….you won’t be inconvenienced by the parade! :>)

  2. Calypso says:

    “Eugene Polley, inventor of the TV remote and the resulting sofa wars, died Sunday in Chicago.”

    Mr. Polley’s funeral will be scheduled as soon as they determine under which couch cushion his body is hiding.

    “The-Worlds-Hottest-Car got a spin by Don Draper in Sunday night’s Mad Men.”

    But it MUST be the roadster, not the hardtop, and please, not the ungainly 2+2. Well, ok, ok, since you insist, I’ll take one, but only because you’re twisting my arm. Yes, even the 2+2, if I must.

  3. Ed says:

    “UGA ranks #12 in 2012 recruitment standings. Georgia Tech? Well, keep scrolling, yeah, yeah, yeah, keep going. There. 57th. Not that there’s anything wrong with that.”

    WTF! I doubt the credibility of these rankings as the stellar freshman class of Georgia State is not ranked.

    You’ve been had.

    Side note: Props to Vandy for a top-30 class, can’t imagine its easy to recruit there and good job to ND for being able to live off decades-old glory for years and recruiting players far better than they ought to.

  4. saltycracker says:

    Close Fernbank and end school sports.
    We can’t threaten parents enough when we must provide a better life for employees after they get out of the classroom in early retirement or admin jobs above
    the principal level or spend to spend.
    I ranted on this on the sports threat already.

    • John Konop says:

      Instead of ending school sports in High school, why not let kids use their varsity sport as an replacement for physical education credit ( Most colleges have been doing this for years). Also let the sport practice start at the last period of the day so kids get home earlier and have more time for homework. This would save money and promote education. BTW kids pay most of the cost for sports via fees now.

  5. saltycracker says:

    The new International terminal has some glitches to work out – Want to get to the main terminal/Marta/parking ?… a cab…..some took up to an hour –

    For you traveling TSPLOST fans: There are NO plans to extend the MARTA track.

    Quote to overcome:, “I couldn’t believe we had lost the great airport that we had.”

    For further stories, link below, but remember, you have to trust our people mover experts to figure this out, they might need more money……After all everything is trial and error in Atlanta planning.

    • Errm, you can get to the main terminal via ParkRide buses that they have outside. I flew in from CDG a week ago today, hopped on the ParkRide bus which took me to South Terminal and then switched to the bus which took me to my car. It wasn’t really all that difficult… no cabs needed.

      To clarify, there was no wait at the particular time I flew in, just days after the new terminal had opened. The article also mentions that the main issue here is that people flew out of the main terminal and when they arrived back in the states, it was at the newly opened international terminal. People leaving for trips now are able to park at the new international terminal, thus avoiding any need to take a shuttle to South or North terminals. 🙂

  6. The Last Democrat in Georgia says:

    “……After all everything is trial and error in Atlanta planning.”

    When it comes to Atlanta “planning” (and I use that term lightly), everything isn’t really trial as much as it is ERROR.

    • I Miss the 90s says:

      Well, when you have a state that does not believe that investing in infrastructure is of economic value…what can you expect?!

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