Morning Reads August 6, 2012

August 6, 2012 8:00 am

by Buzz Brockway · 26 comments

Local News
– TEA Party vs. Mountain voters in the 9th Congressional runoff? And former State Senator Eric Johnson takes sides in the 12th runoff.
– Group calls for repeal of TSPLOST penalties.
– Walter Jones: There are still two Georgias.
– Governor Deal asked State agencies (not the DOE) to prepare for half a billion in cuts through 2014.
– A UGA Grad is the Speaker of the Alabama House. Is this part of some secret plot to annex Alabama?
– Local gun dealers report sales are up in the wake of the Colorado movie theatre shooting.
– In Macon, the Editors urge openness in the transition to a consolidated government.

National & International News
– A mass shooting at a Sikh Temple leaves 6 dead in Wisconsin.
Adam Smith berated a Chick-Fil-A employee, had his video go viral, lost his job, received threats, and then apologized.
– The situation in Syria remains troubling.
– Italy’s PM warns the European Union could be headed for dissolution.
– President Obama doesn’t like Mitt Romney according to a forthcoming ebook.

Other News
– Eric Shanteau of Lilburn won a Gold Medal as a member of the 400 individual medley relay team.
– Former UGA swimmer Allison Schmidt had a pretty good week winning 3 Golds, a Silver, and a Bronze.
– Georgia Tech hurdler Angelo Taylor competes in the 400 meter hurdles final tonight. Taylor is looking for his third Gold in this event, 12 years after his first.
– Augusta native Reese Hoffa won a Bronze medal in the shot put.
– Lawrenceville’s Amanda Weir won Bronze as part of the 400 meter freestyle relay team.
– Apparently there are racists is Lithuania.
– Michael Phelps in the greatest Olympian ever.

Jackster August 6, 2012 at 8:25 am

For your budget fun, greencracker has entered the Georgia State Budget (Spending) into IBM’s visualization funhouse; it’s a pretty good way to look at each department’s over spending as a % of the total, and then there are some other cool visualizations as well.

Link to Green Cracker’s Graph:

There’s also a link there to the budget summary.

Personally, I’d like to see the state finally settle on a business model for its HIE (DCH funded), which it has funded this year. In every other state, the business model has not been sustainable.

Jackster August 6, 2012 at 8:33 am

Actually, I forgot this was a Federal grant which is administered by the DCH – however, the point still stands, the federal grant is to get the HIE going, not to maintain it, so my point regarding a sustainable business model still stands.

Buzz Brockway August 6, 2012 at 8:40 am

That graph is cool.

Baker August 6, 2012 at 9:11 am

You didn’t see that graph last week Buzz?

greencracker August 6, 2012 at 1:12 pm

Hm, Buzz I see is not a faithful reader of either of our sites, Baker. So, well, looks to me like he owes us one.

Buzz Brockway August 6, 2012 at 3:04 pm

I don’t read blogs.

Calypso August 6, 2012 at 3:09 pm

You do this with your eyes closed?

benevolus August 6, 2012 at 3:29 pm

You might too if Charlie was sitting there in a Speedo.

Calypso August 6, 2012 at 3:37 pm

Unfortunately, point too well taken…

Stefan August 7, 2012 at 8:42 am

You have got to post more!

Baker August 6, 2012 at 9:15 am

We don’t need no education. Leave those freaking kids alone.

Or as some people seem to think we don’t need no education reform. Why does the U.S. spend exponentially more on schools and healthcare and get less results? I’m a big pro-US guy, but at some point that is concerning on a bunch of levels. Is this a govt problem? Cultural problem? All these little fatties sure ain’t playing outside, why can’t they crack a book while their inside their houses?

Baker August 6, 2012 at 9:16 am

umm…that should “they’re” (slumps away sheepishly)

John Konop August 6, 2012 at 10:05 am


A few points to keep in mind with our education system:

1) Our top 20% perform as well or better than the rest of the world
2) Our country provides a lot more special education than other place in the world which is very expensive. Currently today approximately 11% of kids receive special education.
3) Top level education countries educate students based on aptitude not one size fit all NCLB. They are not pounding square begs into round holes all day like we do.
4) Most countries have way less administrative cost via not having to teach to the test one size fit all system!

Reforming education is a key issue. I would suggest the following.

1) Create a home school/ public school option that allows students to take classes in high school similar to college enrolment over block schedules. Also allow the students to eligible for extracurricular activities. This would create flexibility for students who can intern/co-op, as well as uniting the community.
2) Eliminate many of the end of the year testing. The top countries in the world test way less than us. This would cut back on a lot of administrative overhead.
3) Promote a co-op/intern/joint enrollment style education system based on aptitude. Use the current infrastructure in partnership with colleges, Vo-tech schools……. This would create job ready graduates after high school or better prepared college students. Also it would lower the drop-out rate.
4) Require administrators to teach one class. This would keep them in touch with the system and decisions they make.
5) Let students replace gym credits with a sport in high school. This would create more time for studying, intern/co-op and core classes.

We need to all work together to solve this problem. This us verse them approach will destroy our economy. The truth is we need real reform in our public school system. That does not mean everything they do is terrible. On the other hand, dismantling the public school system will hurt us all in the long run. We should have options like home school and charter school, but it cannot be about tearing down the public school system.

Under new law, will state send more funds per child to state charter schools than local systems?

Harry August 6, 2012 at 1:00 pm

I’m starting to wonder, what good is an education when there are no jobs?

Harry August 6, 2012 at 1:52 pm
benevolus August 6, 2012 at 7:51 pm

My feeling is that it is rooted in our elevated sense of individuality compared to much of the rest of the world. Parents don’t want academics telling them what their kids need and taxpayers don’t want to pay for anything that doesn’t benefit them today or maybe tomorrow.
Other countries who we compare our education to have a stronger sense of community. Japan, Germany, Norway. This is one of the byproducts of our libertarian culture.

GTKay August 6, 2012 at 9:24 am

Congratulations, Parkview’s Eric Shanteau! After beating cancer, getting healthy, and qualifying once again for the London Olympics, tell us, what do you think about Michael Phelps?

chamblee54 August 6, 2012 at 9:40 am

Tsutomu Yamaguchi was working in Hiroshima when the bomb hit. He survived, and found a train to take hime to his home town, Nagasaki.

Noway August 6, 2012 at 10:08 am

Not surprised gun sales have jumped. After criminal tragedies like what happened in Colorado and Columbine the whining of the gun grabbers always make law abiding wanna-be gun owners nervous. More power to those who want to exercise their Second Amendment guarantee of gun ownership!

Technocrat August 6, 2012 at 9:29 pm

Suitable Guns are heavy and require skills. Why not put all your victims in a 23 person pickup truck and hit 2 trees at high speed. Amazing how this South Texas story disappeared from the news…..illegals trying to outrun migra………who just happened on the scene a few minutes later.

Harry August 6, 2012 at 1:02 pm

From a Breitbart article:
“Undocumented immigrant” as opposed to “illegal.” Yep, the Left issues the Orwellian language rules and the media can’t jump fast enough. Tax increases are “investments,” abortion is “choice,” and propaganda is “objective reporting.”

saltycracker August 7, 2012 at 8:20 am

But taking your money, you didn’t earn by yourself, is for “the greater good”.

benevolus August 7, 2012 at 8:35 am

It’s far worse that conservatives have devalued and dishonored things like “science”, “government service”, “public education”, and “teachers”.

Rambler1414 August 6, 2012 at 1:33 pm
you August 6, 2012 at 1:52 pm

Gun sales are strong and this is the slow time of year for us. I am counting on them staying high through the election. When people see that bad things happen at everyday places like a movie, the mall, a school or a place of worship, they decide they need to be able to protect themselves and their children. A gun is the best way to do that.

mountainpass August 6, 2012 at 5:05 pm

Too bad the General Assembly continues to disarm those who wish to defend themselves in schools and churches.

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