Morning Reads: 6 May 2013

Sorry I’m a bit later this morning.

 

Georgia

SEC player still in ICU after crash near Gainesville.

Even though there are a bunch of lawyers out there, they don’t seem to like rural Georgia.

Jack Kingston and the Senate race, it may not be a disadvantage to come from outside the metro.

Georgia Regents University, more bad press.

Georgia’s health isn’t great, but at least we aren’t Tennessee.

Dekalb County Schools spends more on legal expenses than other school systems? Say it ain’t so.

A Revolutionary War era fort has been found in Georgia, and it was from a battle we actually won.

 

National/International

Republicans want to steer away from overtime?

Cooler weather and rain look to offer aid to Southern California’s wildfires.

Jobs  growth is better than expected.

Thanks to Israeli airstrikes, things could get really shaken up in Syria.

What’s happening in Bangladesh?

The new Libyan government has banned officials from the Qadaffi government from serving any future terms.

 

Other

Things you can do with an art degree.

Kennedy Library gives award to Gabrielle Giffords.

New techniques for treating young patients with concussions look promising.

In case you missed it, like me, the Kentucky Derby was over the weekend.

18 comments

  1. jiminga says:

    Linking to Al Jazeera for a report on job growth last month? Really? And the article never mentions workforce participation and the majority of the “job growth” was part timers, ignoring the decline in job quality.

  2. Joshua Morris says:

    Watch Friday night’s entire GAGOP Chairman Candidate Debate from Gainesville here: http://www.useducationtv.com/default.aspx?sid=481#cd335a1274f84ea681725f0b68587c2e_0

    I thought this was an excellent opportunity for both the sponsors of the event and for the White County High School student broadcasting group. It gave these students some good experience, and it allows every delegate in the state who was unable to attend a debate to see the candidates interact.

  3. Ed says:

    Yeah you guys missed out on a heck of a race, and my predictions were pretty good, too. Sort of.

  4. pettifogger says:

    Re: Comp Pay instead of Overtime

    I wish Republicans would focus efforts on an overhaul of the FLSA instead. What an antiquated nightmare. I’m sure it is a sacred item to Democrats, but at least expand the ability to reach resolutions regarding claims, which is something the Federal circuits seem very eager to do. A little legislative push would help reign in that beast of a statute.

    • Joshua Morris says:

      Funny. Progressives tend to support school walkout protests due to teacher firings, racial issues, or whatever, but they writhe and gnash teeth over some kids and a coach whose prayer time goes into part of the school day on one occasion. This Nation could use a little more open prayer, especially among its young people. Get over it, and move on.

      • Lea Thrace says:

        This was clearly over the line and your argument that “the other side does it” does not make it right. I feel prayer should be an individual priveledge but 3 hours of school time to do it is just not right no matter how you cut it. It wasnt “part of the school day”. It was a decent chunk of the school day. A teacher left their class unattended to participate. Kids were leaving in the middle of classes. It was a blatant disregard for the rules which is not something you want teachers teaching kids. Also, I have a feeling that if this was any other religion that did this, the response would be much different.

        • Joshua Morris says:

          It wasn’t three hours nor a ‘decent chunk’ of the day. It took up a portion of first period. No one was damaged, and some students got some help. The news outlet focuses on a kid or two who took advantage of it. Get over it.

          • xdog says:

            Either you didn’t read the news link or you chose to ignore the reported facts.

            “the prayer in a coach’s office at 7:30 a.m. and it lasted more than two hours.”
            Isn’t first period over by 9:30 or so? WSB reports said the meeting lasted until 11:30.

            “before the prayer ended, 50 students had joined in.”
            50 isn’t ‘a kid or two’.

            Why don’t you address the impropriety of teachers’ leaving their classes? Better yet, just admit that an extended ad hoc prayer meeting during school hours is wrong?

            • Joshua Morris says:

              Well, if WSB reports it, all other reports must be false, right? Go back and read the article yourself.

              To address your last question: No, I do not believe a prayer meeting that runs into school hours on one occasion is wrong. I also don’t believe that counselors meeting with students during school hours is wrong. I don’t believe that field trips to museums or the zoo during school hours are wrong. I don’t believe that having field day during school hours is wrong. If this were something that were done on a regular basis to avoid school time, then there would be a problem. That is not happening.

              • Lea Thrace says:

                Superintendent Dewey Moye

                “Moye said even some teachers participated in the prayer revival that went from 8-11:30 a.m.

                “There is nothing wrong with praying. As superintendent, I pray silently every day, but you cannot have students leaving class in the middle of the day to go pray,” Moye said.

                Three of the teachers had assistants in their class, but one teacher left his classroom unattended to go the gym. ”

                All this info came from the Superintendent. I’m inclined to believe that source. Even he says that it was a situation that should NOT have happened.

  5. xdog says:

    “Progressives tend to support school walkout protests due to teacher firings, racial issues, or whatever”

    Well, that’s one opinion. Another is that walkouts seldom involve teachers abandoning their classes.

  6. saltycracker says:

    Time off for overtime: the devil is in the details – accruals can be up to 4 weeks @ yr – when does it expire?
    Many Public workers accrue unused sick days, vacation days and have early retire pkgs and other job class incentives. Since it isn’t tax budgeted there is no accountability for years. Nothing like retiring at 40 something.

    • pettifogger says:

      I could be wrong, but I doubt the GOP envisions it becoming identical to the federal system. But if so, then you’re right. Federal system is overly generous in countless ways.

  7. MattMD says:

    Why is the injured UK player referred to as “SEC player”? There is no University of the SEC from what I understand.

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