Morning Reads For Friday December 28, 2012

December 28, 2012 9:32 am

by Buzz Brockway · 20 comments

Good morning everyone, it’s the last Friday in 2012. Let’s start with Jib Jab’s 2012 Year In Review:

Georgia Items
– A Judge put a hold on Georgia’s fetal pain bill.
Turnout is low thus far in special elections set for 1/08/13. Get out and vote for Sean Jerguson in SD21 and Brad Hughes in SD11. Why you ask? Because they’re good guys and we need as many good guys (and gals) at the Capitol as we can get. Full Disclosure: I’ve donated to both of them.
– How big is the Gwinnett County Public School system? Really big.
Controversial double-decker buses. Oh My!
Woodrow Wilson, who lived for a time in Augusta and Atlanta, and married a girl from Savannah, was born on this day in 1856. Somewhere Glenn Beck is wrapping his head in duct tape.

National/International Items
– RIP: General Norman Schwarzkopf, Jr.
– Erick says HR8 would solve the fiscal cliff crisis and Harry Reid should bring it to the floor of the Senate.
– Mitch McConnell calls out the President, saying he hasn’t heard from him since Thanksgiving.
– It’s almost impossible to get a gun in Australia and England yet crime persists.
– Morning Bell: The Ten Worst Regulations of 2012.
– North Korea continues to pursue intercontinental ballistic missiles.
– Cornell West says America ignores gun violence that harms African-Americans (he’s right about that) but then says “We can’t just shed tears for those on the vanilla side of town.”

Other Items
– John Jenkins will not play for UGA in the Bowl Game.
– Bleacher Report says the Dawgs will crush Nebraska.
– Tech “stood up” by the always classy Lane Kiffin and the Trojans.
– Former Tech great Calvin Johnson set the NFL record for receiving yards in a season and goes for 2000 this weekend.
Defending Champs GOPlayers goes for back to back titles against the Jeffersonians in the prestigious Peach Pundit Fantasy Football Bowl. Please check local listings to see whether this game will be airing in your area.

mountainpass December 28, 2012 at 9:51 am
atlanta_advocate December 28, 2012 at 1:00 pm

Just curious … why has tracking Chicago crime statistics been a hobby ever since Obama got elected? Are people not aware that Obama was never at any time mayor, police chief, city councilman or holder of any other office, elected or appointed, with the city of Chicago? Dude was a member of the Illinois state legislature for a few years, then U.S. Senator for 4 years. He had less to do with crime in Chicago than George W. Bush with crime in Houston and Dallas. Or Ronald Reagan with crime in San Francisco, Oakland and Los Angeles.

mountainpass December 28, 2012 at 6:39 pm

aa I posted that because of the story in the op about Cornell West’s comments. I think the reason the media doesn’t cover the crime(in urban areas, in this case Chicago) there is because to do so exposes the fact that the place with the most gun controls in the country is the least safe. I’m not saying that gun control is the reason so many are murdered there(although I’m sure some killed there are law-abiding citizens that could have protected themselves if allowed), I’m saying with all the gun controls they have in place it doesn’t stop it. Why? Because criminals don’t follow laws.

The Last Democrat in Georgia December 29, 2012 at 7:21 pm

mountainpass,
You make an excellent point about there continuing to be so many murders in Chicago despite that city having some of the toughest gun laws in the nation because criminals don’t follow laws.

Though there is no question that the number of homicides is unreasonably and unquestionably high in Chicago and despite the spike in homicides in the city in 2012, the number of homicides in Chicago has actually been on a steady decline over the last couple of decades or so from a high of 939 homicides in 1994
http://www.ucrdatatool.gov/Search/Crime/Local/RunCrimeJurisbyJurisLarge.cfm
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crime_in_Chicago#Homicides_in_Chicago_1990-2012

I don’t have any stats on hand from the 1970’s, but the decline in Chicago homicides over the last couple of decades is also actually part of a longer over trend from the decade of the 1970’s when homicides in Chicago reached an all-time high of 970 in 1974.

500 homicides is an extremely-high number for any city, but is actually a sign of vast improvement from the historically high homicide rates of nearly 40 years ago.

atlanta_advocate December 28, 2012 at 1:12 pm

Ah Woodrow Wilson. What a guy. Thanks to him, KKK propaganda “Birth of a Nation” was the first movie to be shown at the White House. We also have him to thank for our intervention in World War 1 – which had nothing to do with us – which of course set in motion the events that resulted in the rise of Hitler, World War II, and the Cold War. The pledge of allegiance in schools and at public events? His idea, to suppress anti-war dissent. Curious why neo-cons revile FDR but not Wilson.

northside101 December 28, 2012 at 10:03 am

So Tech is “stood up” by the classy Lane Kiffin and the USC Trojans? Well, if Tech were classy, they would not be in a Bowl game with a 6-7 record. They would instead say “we had a medicore record this year and accordingly are not worthy of a trip to a Bowl.” Definitely a game I will not be watching (and no, I am not a UGA grad). Shame on the various networks for televising so many Bowls that do not deserve to exist!

Bob Loblaw December 28, 2012 at 10:08 am

Sure. Georgia Tech should force its Seniors to forgo a trip, forgo the TV revenues, recruiting opportunities and everything else that a bowl offers. You don’t have to watch. Vote with your remote. But geez dude bury the self-righteous b.s.

Nixonstheone December 28, 2012 at 4:40 pm

+1

xdog December 28, 2012 at 10:21 am

The ACC lobbied to allow Tech to participate since Miami and UNC weren’t eligible. No ACC team in the Sun Bowl equals a big hole in ACC receipts.

Mrs. xdog’s family, the poor benighted souls, are all Tech people so we’ll watch the game. I actually think it might be a good one for viewers. Tech’s efforts to defend USC’s passing game should be comical but I believe the Trojans won’t have a clue about stopping the run-based option either. Given that USC isn’t too crazy to be in El Paso anyway, I’ll take Tech and the points and the over.

Buzz Brockway December 28, 2012 at 10:27 am

+1

Bob Loblaw December 28, 2012 at 10:37 am

Actually, + 9 1/2.

stillaskeptic December 28, 2012 at 10:43 am

If only Georgia didn’t have Downs…

Bridget December 28, 2012 at 11:00 am

Georgia’s War on Welfare goes national. “the chastising state welfare officer says, “wouldn’t you rather work?”.

http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/politics/2012/12/georgia_s_war_against_the_poor_the_southern_state_is_emptying_its_welfare.html

Bob Loblaw December 28, 2012 at 11:56 am

This was in Galloway’s column yesterday. I commented there that this is a shoddy way for a state to treat its citizenry. It’s one thing if an applicant doesn’t qualify, but for an employee of this state to use shame as a reason to tell an applicant for a benefit that they legally qualify for is disgusting. God forbid they ever have a child with a birth defect and lose their state health insurance.

The thought of that woman up in Cobb County who was looking for diapers for her sick child at a faith-based charity after the father left the state because he didn’t want to help pay his son’s medical bills is horrible. Where is all the compassion for these children that our supposedly pro-family and pro-children government espouses? It seems that the goal is to systemically deny benefits where the applicant has a federal entitlement.

If the government doesn’t want to provide the available help to those in poverty, people of faith need to step in. There are a lot of people of faith who aren’t doing there part. Read that story and kick in some end-of-the-year money towards that charity up in Cobb if you’re really a “pro-family” person. The need to take care of children doesn’t end in the delivery room. For many, that’s where it begins.

The fact that Georgia has more people in poverty than in 2000 is an abject failure on so many levels. Christmas isn’t over yet. Help where you can.

atlanta_advocate December 28, 2012 at 1:13 pm

Ah Woodrow Wilson. What a guy. Thanks to him, KKK propaganda “Birth of a Nation” was the first movie to be shown at the White House. We also have him to thank for our intervention in World War 1 – which had nothing to do with us – which of course set in motion the events that resulted in the rise of Hitler, World War II, and the Cold War. The pledge of allegiance in schools and at public events? His idea, to suppress anti-war dissent. Curious why neo-cons revile FDR but not Wilson.

Jeffersonians December 28, 2012 at 2:36 pm

GOPPlayers are going down! My team is a team for the people! So the people can help me pick. Should I play Tony Romo or Cam Newton?

Buzz Brockway December 28, 2012 at 2:57 pm

Hmmm… Romo in a game with the season on the line? I’d go with Cam.

Jeffersonians December 28, 2012 at 3:17 pm

+1

northside101 December 28, 2012 at 2:43 pm

Bob, if being “self righteous” means I believe in high standards for qualifying for a bowl—like, a minimum of 8 wins in a 12-game regular season (what most would consider a good season, not a medicore one), then I gladly plead guilty. I mean, if 6-6 is “good enough” to qualify for a bowl, why not just open bowls to anyone? All 100+ Division 1 teams, no matter what record, let them go to a bowl. (I wonder, though, how many teams actually lose money going to on?.). Maybe the two worst teams could play in some cozy locale like International Falls, Minot, North Dakota or Barrow Alaska–could make money there too, eh? The proliferation of bowls is just another example of “dumbing down” of America and NCAA, in the name of money and in place of merit. “For the lvoe of money is the root of all evil.” King James Bible, Paul’s letter to Timothy. As for recruiting—like a win in the Sun Bowl, in windswept, high-altitude El Paso is going to help?

Bob Loblaw December 28, 2012 at 3:05 pm

First, this sentence is a teeny bit scary: The proliferation of bowls is just another example of “dumbing down” of America…

Seriously? Bowl proliferation? Man, why (or more like how) so serious?

On another note, there are thousands of great college football prospects sitting on sofas in the State of Texas, probably one of the top-3 FBS producing states, that will be watching the Sun Bowl. If Tech beats USC, it will matter. There’s a lot of kids that play in El Paso. High school teams that far into West Texas charter planes to go to away games. For the band, too. It’s big time stuff out there.

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