Morning Reads For Tuesday July 3, 2012

State Reads

– Here’s a list of metro-Atlanta Independence Day events.
– Florida Senator Marco Rubio will be at the Books-A-Million in Discover Mills Mall tonightThursday at 7 PM.

Rubio will sign copies of his new autobiography “An American Son: A Memoir.”

Norcross repealed their no smoking ban. Will this start a trend?
– Rep. Roger Bruce wants to stop websites from displaying mug shots and charging to take them down.
– Jonathan Krohn, formerly a regular speaker at TEA Party and Conservative gatherings has gone wobbly. Will he write another book, this time about his transformation from hard-hearted right-winger to soft-headed hearted moderate?
– 7th District Congressman Rob Woodall says the people will have the final say on Obamacare.

National/International Reads

– Mitch McConnell says it will be hard to repeal Obamacare.
– Mexico’s new President comes from a political party with ties to drug cartels.
– Unemployment hits 11.1% in Europe.
US manufacturing output shrinks.
– The President leads Governor Romney in the RCP Average 47.6% to 44.1%.
– There will be a 3 day festival for Paulians prior to the RNC Convention in Tampa.
Fingers are being pointed inside CNN because of low ratings.

Other Reads

– Hawks new GM Danny Ferry will trade Joe Johnson and Marvin Smith Williams. Hallelujah!
– The Big Braves fell to the Cubs last night but the G Braves snapped a 15 game losing streak by defeating Charlotte 6-5.
– Those of you planning to head over to the Gwinnett Arena to see Cee Lo and Flo Rida Thursday needn’t bother.
– Are Scientologists spying on Katie Holmes?


  1. Rambler1414 says:

    Hawks fans should throw Danny Ferry a ticker-tape parade down the Connector.

    Joe Johnson had arguably the worst contract in major sports, and he found someone to take him off our hands. Good job.

    The next major task will be convincing someone to come here in Free Agency next Summer, and not have to over-pay for a 2nd/3rd tier star.

  2. xdog says:

    “Hawks new GM Danny Ferry will trade Joe Johnson and Marvin Smith. ”

    Marvin Williams, but I knew who you meant. Zounds! I wonder if Ferry is interested in running for office.

    Plenty of worse contracts than Johnson’s, esp. in baseball. Zito, Sosa, those guys.

    • Ed says:

      The two worst contracts in the NBA were Arenas’ and Johnson’s. Both were traded so what does that tell you. Also, the Hawks were kinda stuck when signing him, like, what else were they supposed to do?

      Looking ahead to next year’s free agent class, while it is much better than this year’s (but then again anything is [side note: if you were having to rebuild using this year’s draft and free agent class, lol]) the marquee unrestricted free agents are going to get resigned or have their choice of max contracts. I don’t know if the Hawks will be desirable enough in that situation. The good news is that there aren’t any ridiculous player or team options on most of the FAs (like Mo Williams and his $8.5 M player option)

      Some of the Thunder’s big players will be restricted and if the ownership can keep some of their money, which looks unlikely, they’ll be back you would like to think…

      TL;DR version is the Hawks aren’t sitting pretty just yet. They could but many things have to fall into place.

  3. Ed says:

    Also, let’s not forget what Dwight did. He forced a contract extension, orchestrated the firing of the head coach, then demanded a trade claiming he was blackmailed. Is that really who you want to pay a max contract for? Releasing Johnson for Howard may not be the best choice, especially because he wants to contend now. The Hawks are not in a position to contend for anything other than a conference championship.

    His best bet would be someplace like Miami where they need a center and he would be a lock for three rings with that lineup, and have a couple bigger guys able to keep him in his place.

  4. Monica says:

    Don’t know if anyone cares, but according to other press releases Marco Rubio is visiting on Thursday, not tonight. I don’t know who’s wrong…

      • Calypso says:

        Marco Rudio is coming to sign books either Tuesday or Thursday. He wrote a book on macramé techniques. Not to be confused with Marco Rubio who wrote a book about being a son.

        I fear there will be disappointed people at this event, save for the macramé aficionados.

        Where does Jim buy his hair, Big Lots?

      • Monica says:

        Thursday, July 5 and now the time is set at 12 pm. Previously it was 7 pm. You can call the store at 678-847-5115, that’s what I did.

      • Calypso says:

        But to Demonbeck’s question, when will Marco Rudio be here? That’s the hot ticket in town.

          • Calypso says:

            Great…now that you’ve fixed the spelling of Rubio’s name no one knows what I’m talking about.

              • Calypso says:

                He was an Italian guy. Marco, or Macaroni as his friends called him, invented the radio, and then went on to form the British rock group, Radiohead. Who, coincidently enough, is played on the very same radio Marco invented all those many years ago.

                On the radio whoa oh oh
                On the radio whoa oh oh
                On the radio whoa oh oh
                On the radio whoa oh oh now, now

                (in tribute to the late, great Donna Summer)

  5. xdog says:

    Bah. Mark O’Rubio is clearly a son of the old country. Wasn’t his dad a Boston cop before he led his family to freedom?

    • Calypso says:

      “Wasn’t his dad a Boston cop before he led his family to freedom?”
      You must be thinking about Seamus O’Rubio. Seamus wasn’t Mark’s father, rather his uncle. Mark is the son of Eamon and Fiona O’Rubio.

  6. troutbum70 says:

    The Rubio book signing has actually been moved up to noon on Thursday according to the FB postings.

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