Morning Reads For Tuesday July 3, 2012

July 3, 2012 7:30 am

by Buzz Brockway · 32 comments

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- Norcross repealed their no smoking ban.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?

Rambler1414 July 3, 2012 at 7:35 am

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.

Buzz Brockway July 3, 2012 at 8:00 am

Let’s make a serious run at Dwight Howard. Imagin a frontline of Horford, Howard, and Smith.

Demonbeck July 3, 2012 at 9:32 am

Yeah, that is just what we need, another 3,4,5 player. We need a true point guard.

We should have drafted Chris Paul when we had the chance. Drafting Marvin Williams set this squad back five years at least.

Ed July 3, 2012 at 10:50 am

What, you don’t think a big, lumbering core group of players will pave the way to a championship? The Hawks need someone to move the ball?

CobbGOPer July 3, 2012 at 4:13 pm

If we had drafted Chris Paul, we would have made at least one NBA Final by now. We might not have won, but we would have at least made a Final.

Demonbeck July 3, 2012 at 5:13 pm

Exactly. The Hawks needed two things in that draft. A point guard and a center. There were FIVE decent point guards available to them in that draft, and they chose a guy who didn’t even start for his college team.

John Konop July 3, 2012 at 9:19 am

Nets could be for real next year if this happens……………….

……….The Nets and Magic are reportedly discussing a monster trade in which Brooklyn would send Brook Lopez, Kris Humphries, Marshon Brooks and first-round picks in 2013, 2015 and 2017 to Orlando in exchange for Howard, according to ESPN’s Chris Broussard……..

http://msn.foxsports.com/nba/story/dwight-howard-blockbuster-trade-to-nets-still-possible-070312

Charlie July 3, 2012 at 9:20 am

Well, with Humphries in Orlando, it would make it easier for him to fulfill his lifelong dream to start a boy band.

John Konop July 3, 2012 at 10:10 am

LOL happy 4rh…………….

xdog July 3, 2012 at 7:49 am

“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.

Buzz Brockway July 3, 2012 at 8:00 am

Oops. Fixed that.

Ed July 3, 2012 at 8:02 am

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.

Mike Hassinger July 3, 2012 at 8:11 am

If Norcross is repealing a “no-smoking ban,” are they going to require everyone to smoke?

Charlie July 3, 2012 at 8:17 am

More importantly, what will they be requiring everyone to smoke?

Ed July 3, 2012 at 8:12 am

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.

Monica July 3, 2012 at 9:24 am

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…

Demonbeck July 3, 2012 at 9:34 am

Yes, but when is Marco Rudio visiting?

Calypso July 3, 2012 at 9:46 am

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?

benevolus July 3, 2012 at 9:56 am

What is this, a relativistic event? The date is only established once someone observes it?

Ed July 3, 2012 at 10:54 am

“Marco Rubio who wrote a book about being a son.”

Worked well for another Senator with White House aspirations.

Calypso July 3, 2012 at 12:02 pm

Happy birthday

Ed July 3, 2012 at 1:18 pm

Awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww thanks Caly, you remembered!

Monica July 3, 2012 at 10:09 am

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.

Buzz Brockway July 3, 2012 at 9:42 am

I totally screwed that up. Rubio will be here Thursday.

Calypso July 3, 2012 at 9:48 am

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

Buzz Brockway July 3, 2012 at 9:56 am

Good grief. Remind me to never do Morning Reads in the middle of the night.

Calypso July 3, 2012 at 10:25 am

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

saltycracker July 3, 2012 at 12:19 pm

of course we do, what is a Marco Radio anyway ?

Calypso July 3, 2012 at 12:36 pm

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)

xdog July 3, 2012 at 2:25 pm

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 July 3, 2012 at 2:48 pm

“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.

troutbum70 July 3, 2012 at 4:12 pm

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

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