Morning Reads for Friday, September 7, 2012

September 7, 2012 8:02 am

by Obi's Sister · 22 comments

Here:
- Finally, Lee Anderson is the official GOP candidate for GA-12.
- DeKalb School Board behaves (as badly) as expected.
- Speaking of behaving badly, state Senate Majority Leader Chip Rogers and U.S. Rep. Tom Graves are still embroiled in that motel mess.
- Forest Park mayor evaporates, then retires. Citizen files ethic complaints. Lather. Rinse. Repeat.
- There may be hope for Clayton County yet. Indicted Sheriff-elect Victor Hill faces a write-candidate challenger, Garland Watkins, a 26 year veteran deputy. Watkins faced down Victor’s roof-top snipers, so filling out some paperwork was not a problem.

There:
- Jamie Dupree said on WSBRadio this morning (sorry, no link yet) that Obama’s acceptance speech last night was a bronze, with FLOTUS and Clinton getting the silver and gold medals. He does have the transcript, so you can decide for yourself if you didn’t hear it.
- Where was Kasim?
- Rep. John Lewis believes Romney = Segregation.
- Enough with all the Nazi references. Please.
- Who’s more negative?
- Funniest DNC joke transcript.

Random Everywhere:
- Great work, if you can get it.
- Bob Woodward’s new book leaks…
- Running man machine.
- You can’t stop looking….it’s like a train-wreck. With sequins.

Engineer September 7, 2012 at 8:30 am

OBAMA: “I’ll use the money we’re no longer spending on war to pay down our debt and put more people back to work—rebuilding roads and bridges, schools and runways. After two wars that have cost us thousands of lives and over a trillion dollars, it’s time to do some nation-building right here at home.”

Actions speak louder than words. If he really felt this way, why not pull our troops out of Afghanistan today?

Mike Hassinger September 7, 2012 at 9:05 am

Which Obama was that, the 2008 version or the 2012 version?

Engineer September 7, 2012 at 9:29 am

That was from his speech last night.

Engineer September 7, 2012 at 9:31 am
Harry September 7, 2012 at 9:33 am
David Staples September 7, 2012 at 9:38 am

Looks like $320M in private solar investment is headed Georgia’s way. Stan Wise testified before Congress that Georgia doesn’t have enough sun to support solar. Apparently the private sector disagrees…

http://www.bizjournals.com/atlanta/news/2012/08/30/new-georgia-utility-pitches-solar-plant.html

wicker September 7, 2012 at 9:49 am

“One potential legal hurdle is whether a new utility operating a solar power plant would violate a law passed by the General Assembly in 1973 giving Georgia Power exclusive rights to continue serving existing customers.”

We are going to see exactly how “pro-business” this GOP legislature and governor are. And not just solar power. I honestly can’t figure out why we aren’t using biofuels – using materials grown in Georgia produced by our declining agriculture sector – to replace power plants that rely on fossil fuels produced by other states. And this isn’t pie in the sky pinko commie anti-capitalist enviro stuff either, but something that is being done in other states.
Brazil has ethanol power plants using sugarcane, which can be grown in abundance in our own south Georgia swamps:
http://www.reuters.com/article/2010/01/19/petrobras-ethanol-idUSN1910046420100119
And Australia has biodiesel power plants:
http://www.ferret.com.au/c/Wartsila-Australia/Biofuel-power-plants-from-Wartsila-Australia-now-a-commercial-reality-n887301
So does Texas, which might as well be its own country
http://news.cnet.com/Texas-power-plant-runs-on-biodiesel/2100-11392_3-6168606.html
You can create biodiesel from soybean, which we also plenty of, as well as from animal tallow (i.e. byproducts from meat processing)

But no, the Georgia politicians stick with the “drill baby drill” nonsense, which sends jobs and cash to the oil, coal and natural gas states, rather than pursuing things that would create our own jobs, plus perhaps surplus power that we could sell to other states. Why? Because Rush Limbaugh, the Wall Street Journal, the National Review and the Club For Growth say so.

Or to put it another way … imagine how many biodiesel and ethanol power plants could be built for the money that Georgia Power is getting from the taxpayers to finance the cost overruns for their nuclear project! But no one wants to talk about that, right …

seekingtounderstand September 7, 2012 at 10:45 am

Wicker: the 1973 law which you refer to serves to give a private/public company a reason to invest in our grid system and run a well respected company. Its a balance to get a great system vs. India mess. Government uses GA Power to pass on shadow taxes. If the other sources would agree to be used to tax us more, they might get more traction. But then their product cost would be higher.
My question to you is………………………..its time for the PSC to take over controlling government run utilities. The City of Buford is ripping off several counties of people and making over 40% profit. They are greedy beyond belief. Go look at the new buildiings/monuments unto themselves they just built. It works for 8,000 Buford City residents and helps pay their bills, but the 80,000 from other counties are being screwed.
The GA legislature needs to stop this. This is an out of control city run utility. Far more outrageous than anything GA Power has done. Make Solar/alternative fuel completely government run and owned by cities if any tax dollars are involved? Didn’t think you would like that.

Charlie and company: One interesting topic of discussion would be who will be running for the PSC and has the Governor made anyone any promises on this? I am guessing its for Bubbas seat or Mr. Everett both whom may want to retire. PSC is a tough job and people do not appreciate how hard it is.

Calypso September 7, 2012 at 10:54 am

Our very own David Staples is running against Stan Wise for a PSC seat in November.

David Staples for the WIN!

wicker September 7, 2012 at 11:16 am

Excuse me, but how many other states have state-protected monopolies for power like Georgia does? And if the people who are being ripped off by Buford can’t elect leaders capable of getting better deals elsewhere, then that is their problem. But spare us the “bought and paid for” Georgia Power monopoly. It may be good for Georgia Power, but it is not good for Georgia.

saltycracker September 7, 2012 at 1:41 pm

Alternative fuels for power generation:

Maybe we should use taxpayer money on research and leave the venture capitalists and power companies to produce & sell it.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The failed Range Fuels wood-to-ethanol factory in southeastern Georgia that sucked up $65 million in federal and state tax dollars was sold Tuesday for pennies on the dollar to another bio-fuel maker with equally grand plans to transform the alternative energy world.

http://www.ajc.com/news/business/georgia-ethanol-plant-sold-at-taxpayers-loss/nQP5m/

Engineer September 7, 2012 at 9:51 am

I’m more inclined to believe the private sector voice.

wicker September 7, 2012 at 9:54 am

meant to write “but something that is being done in other countries“, not other states.

wicker September 7, 2012 at 10:04 am

Can Nathan Deal keep Victor Hill from assuming office? And if that happens – and it will happen if Deal has the power – does Deal get to name the replacement also, or will there be a special election?

Noway September 7, 2012 at 10:04 am

Nice playing of the race card, Rep. Lewis. I’m surprised he left out the dogs and fire hoses. And let’s not forget the separate water fountains. You’re slipping, John. What a hack!

SallyForth September 7, 2012 at 11:03 pm

@Noway, sad to say, it looks like you’re right about John – I thought I’d drop my teeth when he said that not re-electing President Obama would send black folks back to the 50′s and 60′s! White people are supposed to be color blind, but it’s okay for black people to be so blatantly racist?? :-\

saltycracker September 7, 2012 at 1:49 pm

Right when you thought owning gold or gold coins might be a safe haven, the interpretations of which ones are legal gets tricky:

A judge ruled that 10 rare gold coins worth $80 million belonged to the U.S. government, not a family that had sued the U.S. Treasury, saying it had illegally seized them.

The 1933 Saint-Gaudens double eagle coin was originally valued at $20, but sold for as much as $7.5 million at a Sotheby’s auction in 2002, according to Courthouse News.

http://news.yahoo.com/judge-says-10-rare-gold-coins-worth-80-152750965–abc-news-topstories.html

Noway September 7, 2012 at 3:22 pm

Salty, the judge said the guy who originally got them out of the mint did not have legal authority to do so. There are a few of those particular coins out there that are legal to buy and sell. It is the rarest of all $20 gold pieces, I believe.

saltycracker September 7, 2012 at 11:44 pm

Since ABC was vague & we didn’t read what the jury heard, the illegally gotten version speaks better for the system.

Scott65 September 7, 2012 at 6:34 pm

of course I HAD to click the train wreck link…lol…I just dont get why people want to see that

SallyForth September 7, 2012 at 11:05 pm

Same here, Scott. That Honey Boo Boo thing is so dumb, made me feel dumber for clicking!

saltycracker September 7, 2012 at 11:47 pm

If you are stunned at that family, you just might be sane or feel like the perfect parent ! :)
The kid is doomed.

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