Morning Reads For Monday November 26, 2012

November 26, 2012 7:00 am

by Buzz Brockway · 36 comments

Georgia Items
– Chaos at the Moultrie Wal-Mart on Black Friday.
– Congressmen Rob Woodall and Hank Johnson talk about fixing the fiscal cliff.
– Lawsuit filed demanding Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce and Partnership Gwinnett produce spending records – press conference this tomorrow morning.
Problems with online lottery sales and some ticket machines around the State.
– Saturday was Small Business Saturday. Today is Cyber Monday.
– Thomasville based Flowers Foods Inc. is rumored to be a possible buyer of Hostess brands such as Twinkies and Wonderbread.

National/International Items
– If you celebrated Thanksgiving you must be a racist genocidal Nazi sympathizer.
– Black Friday sales set a record.
– Solow goes after Hayek and Friedman.
Independence for Catalonia?
– Eurozone finance ministers are meeting today to finalize plans to give Greece 44 billion euros.
Protests in Egypt as Morsi seeks to gather all power unto himself.

Other Items
– RIP: Larry Hagman
– RIP: Hector “Macho” Camacho.
– “Gangnam Style” becomes You Tube’s most watched video.
– Notre Dame will play for the National Championship against the winner of Saturday’s SEC Championship game between UGA and Alabama.
– Georgia Tech plays FSU Saturday for the ACC Championship and a trip to the Orange Bowl.
The Falcons are 10-1.
– The Hawks have won 5 in a row.

Ed November 26, 2012 at 7:06 am

AJC cites “analysts” on Saturday saying Flowers doesn’t need Hostess.

Kenneth Stepp November 26, 2012 at 7:10 am

I just hate to see Mr Camacho go out like this. The boxing community is small. This was a shock. RIP Hector.

Ed November 26, 2012 at 7:30 am

Are you a student/practitioner of the Sweet Science?

Baker November 26, 2012 at 7:19 am

For anyone looking for something to do tonight around 7:00:

Common Cause putting on Public Forum on New Falcons Stadium. It’s at Morehouse, starts at 7:00.

“Common Cause Georgia asks the question: Should more public input be considered for new stadium?

Panel Discussion Featuring:
– Frank Poe, Executive Director of the Georgia World Congress Center
– Wyc Orr, Common Cause Georgia Board Member
– Dr. Benjamin Flowers, Georgia Tech University Professor
Moderated by: DeMarco Morgan of 11 Alive”

Bob Loblaw November 26, 2012 at 9:05 am

Bet there’s a lot of real Falcons fans at a Common Cause meeting…

tdk790 November 26, 2012 at 12:47 pm

You have a point.

Baker November 26, 2012 at 9:57 am

If they’re Atlanta residents, even if they’re not, this is tax money that is being directed to a frivolous project. $300 MILL of tax money. Even if someone is a Saints fan that happens to live in Atlanta, they should come. If you don’t give two poops about football, it’s still tax money.

& I don’t want to open another box here but I’m with Vestal, Hagman was spectacular as Major Nelson, but I do have a very vague memory of being a kid and watching Dallas while my mom ironed (I watched Dream of Jeannie reruns).

Bob Loblaw November 26, 2012 at 1:41 pm

Frivolous? C’mon. Common Cause ought not waste any time with this. They have enough on their plate. Looking forward to reports on the turnout, though.

Baker November 26, 2012 at 2:13 pm

$300 MILL backdoored to a billionaire is not something Common Cause should be spending any time on?

Buzz Brockway November 26, 2012 at 3:06 pm

I know Baker copied the information from the Facebook event so this isn’t directed to him but there is no such thing as “Georgia Tech University.” The proper terminology is the “Georgia Institute of Technology” or “Georgia Tech,” or simply “Tech.”

Please make note of this.

George P. Burdell

Charlie November 26, 2012 at 3:10 pm

North Avenue Trade School remains the preferred nomenclature.

92,000 of my closest friends

Buzz Brockway November 26, 2012 at 3:35 pm

I’m sure most of those 92,000 call a Tech Alum “boss.”

Joshua Morris November 26, 2012 at 4:26 pm

Only the ones that have jobs.

Ed November 26, 2012 at 7:38 am

News from our very favorite Georgia Peach.

Newt Gingrich — traveling the country promoting his latest novel — told the Naples News that he he has not ruled out running for president in 2016 — but first the GOP must take on a “very serious analysis” of what went wrong in 2012.

Said Gingrich: “Republicans have to stop and take a deep breath.”

VIA: Political Wire

Napoleon November 26, 2012 at 11:05 am

My favorite Georgia Peach is still Phil Gingrey, who admits to being a “Georgia Peach” at about minute 5:14.

The Last Democrat in Georgia November 26, 2012 at 4:37 pm

The very rich irony of Newt Gingrich basically threatening to deprive us of his “magnificence” in the 2016 Republican primary if the GOP does not first examine what went wrong in 2012.

Is he serious? If Gingrich wants to know what went wrong in 2012 maybe he can start by first looking in the mirror as it was Gingrich’s attacks on Romney’s business record in the primary that served as the impetus for the extremely vicious attack ads that Obama utilized to great effect against Romney throughout the summer in the General Election.

The GOP may have infinitely more to gain by NOT doing any analysis of what went wrong if it means that one of the party’s (many) biggest liabilities will stay away from the campaign trail and not add to the tremendous amount of damage he and many others gleefully did to the GOP brand in the lead-up to the 2012 election.

Baker November 26, 2012 at 5:59 pm

I’ve reread it, but I’m pretty sure I agree with everything LDIG just said. Newt’s a maniac at this point. Should’ve stuck with Newt Inc. which seemed to actually be doing some good.

Jackster November 26, 2012 at 7:41 am

Buzz – that PDF says the Presser for GCPS’s dirty laundry is tomorrow @ 11:30, not today.

Noway November 26, 2012 at 7:46 am

Rest in Peace, J.R.! I loved Dallas and even in college my roommates and I watched it religiously every Friday night, with our dates! LOL! J.R. was the epitome of what every businessman wants to be! I own the entire series and I guess it’s time to start with Season One and pay tribute to America’s favorite rascal!

Rambler14 November 26, 2012 at 8:32 am

Hank Johnson fixing the “fiscal cliff”
He’s worried that the United States will capsize, right?

John Vestal November 26, 2012 at 8:36 am

Was never a big ‘Dallas’ fan….to me, Larry Hagman will always be Major Nelson (“I Dream of Jeannie“). Also recall his performance as the President’s (Henry Fonda) interpreter, Buck, in the original “Fail Safe“.

RIP, Major Nelson.

Charlie November 26, 2012 at 9:19 am

I’m a huge fan of Hagman and JR Ewing. Hagman was an original. Here’s a bit about him and how he conducted his personal business:

Baker November 26, 2012 at 9:58 am

Damn, I do need another box. Y’all seen the latest in teacher cheating news?

Trey A. November 26, 2012 at 10:01 am

Five in a row for the new look Hawks! No Joe Johnson era blowout losses thus far and interestingly enough, they seem to be playing better with Josh Smith playing less minutes (tempering those tantrums). I’m particularly impressed with how well the big lineup (Zaza, Horford, Smith, Korver and Teague) played against Chris Paul, Blake Griffin and the Clippers on Saturday night.

Charlie November 26, 2012 at 12:31 pm

So, you’re saying the move to Winnipeg has served them well. Good to hear!

Trey A. November 26, 2012 at 4:53 pm

Come on. Hockey is a joke. This is the south.

It’s fun to go to Turner Field every now and then. Sanford Stadium is great because of the atmosphere and collegiate flourishes. Going to Atlanta Motor Speedway is an amazing experience and worth the ticket price (if you pony up for the radio scanner so you can listen to the drivers talking to their spotters and crew chiefs), but that’s sadly only once a year these days.

I don’t understand why anyone pays money to watch the NFL in person. It’s basically a college game, but with a much higher likelihood of getting beer spilt on you, crappy tailgating, no band, no co-eds, lots of jumbotron commercials, interminable t.v. timeouts and (if you are lucky) frisbee dogs at halftime. Plus, the t.v. viewing experience is superior (same with baseball, most of the time).

But catching the Hawks at Phillips is a lot of fun. Great atmosphere, the game is almost always entertaining, the arena food is actually good and unlike the others, you can sit close enough to the action to get an experience you will never get by simply watching the game on t.v.–the on the court chatter, the unbelievable athleticism, the way coaches talk to their players, etc. Plus, outside of the Olympics, you are watching the best athletes in the world.

I’ll take single game courtside (or close) Hawks seats and/or pit passes at AMS over season tickets for the Braves and Falcons. If you’re not an NBA fan, you don’t really like sports.

Ed November 27, 2012 at 7:47 am

“It’s basically a college game”


Rick Day November 26, 2012 at 11:13 am

Hagman told the Times that after death he wanted his remains to be “spread over a field and have marijuana and wheat planted and harvest it in a couple of years and then have a big marijuana cake, enough for 200 to 300 people. People would eat a little of Larry.”

I can just see the future Obama Death Panel crematorium price menu: for “The Larry Hagman” option, add $420.00

Be forwarned: I am the only white male in the Executive session that can dance in the Gingham Style. The ‘people who like to think the are rich; wave their PDA’s in a feeble attempt to keep time.

Every time I see a crowd of people with iPhones, I think about the opening scene from 2001: A Space Odyssey. And no matter the weather, cause a bit of a shiver.

Rick Day November 26, 2012 at 11:14 am

So anyone who may be going to a game near me may want to be emotionally prepared. Just sayin’….

Ed November 26, 2012 at 11:36 am


Joshua Morris November 26, 2012 at 2:58 pm

Notre Dame – Alabama will be an interesting game.

Harry November 26, 2012 at 3:02 pm

I don’t keep up…where does it leave UGA?

Harry November 26, 2012 at 3:53 pm

So give me the point spread.

Buzz Brockway November 26, 2012 at 3:56 pm

Alabama is a 7.5 point favorite right now.

Harry November 26, 2012 at 4:08 pm

From the Wall Street Journal, concerning plans of the UN to take over the internet:
“Having the Internet rewired by bureaucrats would be like handing a Stradivarius to a gorilla. The Internet is made up of 40,000 networks that interconnect among 425,000 global routes, cheaply and efficiently delivering messages and other digital content among more than two billion people around the world, with some 500,000 new users a day. …

saltycracker November 26, 2012 at 6:06 pm

Now that’s funny.

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