Morning Reads 11/14/2012

November 14, 2012 7:25 am

by Ron Daniels · 21 comments

Morning ya’ll.

Ready to go back in time? Some Georgians are ready to secede. Now, some of them are ready to succeed. But I think the former group is also claiming the later group.

Criticism of Georgia’s schools by parents, voters, and others, has prompted the Georgia Department of Education to launch a public relations campaign. Simultaneously, the Georgia Cyber Academy has failed to provide adequately for special needs children.

Is it harvest time? For farmers, it’s tax break time.

Georgia Southern has a new Athletic Director; just in time to get school on track to joining, likely, the Sun Belt Conference.

Speaking of those Georgia Southern Eagles, they play Georgia this weekend. Southern gave Nick Saban’s Alabama team fits last year, and while Georgia will win, it will not be the Auburn beat down Part Deux. Oh, the game starts at Cut Block o’clock.

Somehow Georgia Tech may win the ACC Coastal. Can they outlast Duke? Only time will tell.

A middle Georgia city tightens regulation on electronic gaming machines. For you hard-shell types, these are what you refer to as “gas station casino games.”

A nearly decade old murder case of a Bibb County Deputy ends in a guilty plea.

Did you know Georgia leads the country in using coal to make power? Maybe that explains this?

Because I can–some music for your ears.

Jackster November 14, 2012 at 7:49 am

PR Campaign – The press conference was from Gwinnett County schools. With that said, it seems to me that Willbanks is still bitter over the Amendment 1 decision.

Perhaps what would do more good is to have Dr. Barge assist GCPS to reduce their administrative costs down to the state average, so that more $$ are spent in the classrooms. I’m sure the teachers and principles would like to have that over some healing between Willbanks and the state BoE.

mountainpass November 14, 2012 at 7:56 am
Noway November 14, 2012 at 8:00 am

Someone educate me. I have an impression that special needs kids receive much more money for their educational needs than the average kid. Is this true?

Jackster November 14, 2012 at 10:28 am

Noway – Special needs kids are horrible test takers; since they’re not going to bolster the school’s test scores, they don’t get the dollars they need.

Well, technically, the kids and parents don’t receive any money for their educational needs. They programs which address their needs do. So yes, there are supposed to be other programs which address these needs.

However, usually the development of an effective plan (IEP) requires diagnosis, testing, and other services which are not provided by the school. Often, when a parent provides these resources, the schools are not willing to collaborate with the medical team, as the school does not usually have the right mix of certifications and experience to further any medical recommendations.

There are some low hanging fruit like speech pathology, AD&D, and low IQs which can be handled via a mainstream approach. WHen you get into the realm of asperger’s, autism, abuse, and other disorders, the lines are blurry, and the funding for these programs is low.

Often times, this last group is the group that chooses to home school, augmented by the cyber academy, since the public schools often mis classify, discipline poorly, or do not teach to these kids.

saltycracker November 14, 2012 at 6:38 pm

Not an expert on this but aware that while special needs kids are well accepted by their fellow students some schools are sent a disproportionate number and many require an aid or nurse to be assigned to them. This in turn, throws budget managing off for the school.

saltycracker November 14, 2012 at 6:38 pm

Not an expert on this but aware that while special needs kids are well accepted by their fellow students some schools are sent a disproportionate number and many require an aid or nurse to be assigned to them. This in turn, throws budget managing off for the school.

Harry November 14, 2012 at 8:01 am

“If we take the widest and wisest view of a Cause, there is no such thing as a Lost Cause because there is no such thing as a Gained Cause. We fight for lost causes because we know that our defeat and dismay may be the preface to our successors’ victory, though that victory itself will be temporary; we fight rather to keep something alive than in the expectation that anything will triumph”. — T.S. Eliot.

John Konop November 14, 2012 at 8:01 am

If you get past both sides spewing election bs the debate is usually between the 45 yard lines in a football game. What is really going to change on a macro?

1) We will end up with a budget deal no matter who won, and at the end it will happen via avoiding a fiscal cliff. Btw, unpaid tax breaks is no different than spending money we do not have. Both sides will have to stop the bs and cut a deal that deals with both.

2) No matter who won we are getting out of Iraq…….. The overwhelming majority of people are tired of the policemen of the world foriegn policy. And we cannot afford it.

3) 50k Latinos are turning 18 every month, we will have to deal with a compromise on immigration no matter who won

4) with 3 to 4 million job openings in the vo tech field eventually we will end the No Child Left Behind 4 year college prep or out eduction no matter who wins. Btw many vo tech fields have the highest growth rate for jobs in the future

I am not saying that there is no difference, but much of this fueled by talk radio and Fox News for rattings. And at the end of the day this call to ” succeed” is rediculous. This constant calling Obama a socialist instead of dealing with issues only hurts the GOP. 70 percent of Tea Party members do not want to end or cut back the largest socialist program in the country Medicare. One persons entitlement is another persons socialist program if they are not getting it. It is time to cut the bs and make hard choices about entitlements and taxes. Finally unless if we are not talking military and entitlement cuts, we are not having a real conversation about the budget.

Harry November 14, 2012 at 8:02 am

Attention shifts to new charter school commission
http://www.accessnorthga.com/detail.php?n=255093

saltycracker November 14, 2012 at 8:32 am

Secede ? For openers seniors will have to voluntarily leave as Medicare benefits don’t apply
outside the U.S. The state will need to consider a lot of new costs or unanticipated consequences.

SallyForth November 14, 2012 at 12:49 pm

The AJC says more than 30 states have these petitions going at whitehouse.gov – that’s over 3/5 of the states. I think it’s mostly people just having some fun, venting frustrations. ‘Sort of like a wave at a football game. Does anybody know who the other 30+ states are?

The Last Democrat in Georgia November 14, 2012 at 3:00 pm

Sally, the other 30+ states with the secession petitions going are basically every state that Obama lost and Romney won in the election as well as a few “blue state” surprises like New York, New Jersey and California.

SallyForth November 14, 2012 at 3:39 pm

LDIG, I thought that Michigan and several other states Obama carried were doing petitions. It seemed like a batch of purple to me, so I was wondering just which states they were. ‘Guess you guys are going to make me go do some research on it myself! :|

benevolus November 14, 2012 at 3:45 pm

Any whack job with a computer can start a petition. It’s not like it’s anything official.
https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/

The Last Democrat in Georgia November 14, 2012 at 5:04 pm

Sally, the last that I heard a few minutes ago, there were secession petitions going in all 50 states.
http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/lookout/secession-petitions-now-filed-50-states-183500440.html

Otherwise, you seem like you’re really into this secession thing, which with a really big government far leftist who knows virtually nothing about how to manage a free market economy in the White House that we can’t get rid of as confirmed by the results of last Tuesday’s election, it’s most certainly understandable that there are many people for whom getting away from an ever more needlessly intrusive federal government appears to be a very attractive idea.

Though I most certainly understand the frustrations of those pondering secession from the Union, for now the talk about secession is nothing more than frustrated voters blowing off steam in the aftermath of a really tough loss and a novel news story that the media can play up to the amusement of its viewers.

Now if a really big, wealthy and industrious state like Texas, who if it were its own independent nation would possess the world’s 8th-largest economy, were serious about seceding, then there might REALLY be something to this talk as most of these other states could not stand alone either financially, economically or organizationally.

Heck, Georgia’s notoriously dysfunctional state government can’t even do something as simple as synchronizing the stoplights so one could only imagine the calamity that would ensue if Georgia ever tried (or ever HAD) to be its own nation, something that it seems would only happen not by the choice of a state that seems even to be too lazy to even adequately fund its own infrastructure (Georgia alone just got through begging the feds and the very same President Obama that it wants to get away from for money to deepen the Port of Savannah).

Many other states might be up a creek with no paddle (states like Mississippi and West Virginia immediately come to mind) if they were ever to end up “independent” (without the direct financial aid of federal taxes paid by taxpayers mostly in other states, btw).

Another state with a very-high Gross State Product and a very-large economy like a California, a state that possesses the world’s 6th-largest stand alone economy, would be able to make it on its own if its state government wasn’t so damn dysfunctional.

But the reality is that unless a state like a Texas were to break off from the union, a state that has enough drive and ambition and enough of an economy for whom a successful secession and subsequent independence would not be out of the realm of possibility, most states aren’t going anywhere.

Many “red states” (again states like AL, MS, LA, WV-where a convicted felon behind bars received almost as many votes as Obama in the DEMOCRAT Primary) are too poor to successfully secede from the union and many hardcore “blue states” (CA, IL, NY, NJ, MA, etc) most certainly aren’t going anywhere so all this secession talk that the media is playing up is pretty much a moot point.

SallyForth November 14, 2012 at 5:11 pm

LDIG, I’m not “into this secession thing” — I just think it’s fun to watch and am curious how it will turn out. After all, we don’t have the pre-election circus to entertain us any more! Pass the popcorn, please.

benevolus November 14, 2012 at 5:28 pm

I can tell you how it will turn out. Eventually someone from the administration will make a statement to the effect that “we recognize the division in the country now but we should be working together to solve our problems not divide blah blah further blah blah…”
After secession rejection, militia groups will see a slight rise in membership, some new idiot will get a radio show, a few books will be sold on the subject, but the economy will gradually get better so pretty much everybody will just go back to work and make some money so they can buy the new Chinese stuff being brought in through the new deeper ports.

Jackster November 14, 2012 at 11:14 pm

Georgia Seceding – the only way Deal would become president.

Did y’all see there was a petition on there to enable the modify button?

xdog November 14, 2012 at 9:17 am
SallyForth November 14, 2012 at 12:42 pm

Good music selection, Ron – and very apropos!

saltycracker November 14, 2012 at 7:02 pm

Top ten states that got the most Federal money – net:

http://247wallst.com/2012/08/03/states-that-get-the-most-federal-money/

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