Morning Reads for Friday, July 12, 2013

– The Feds sued Georgia over their election calendar. How’s a June primary grab ya?
– Here’s a group focused on bridging Georgia’s urban-rural divide. I wonder if they’ll bring peaches with them.
– Surely when this is complete, you’ll be able to see it from Google Earth.
– Wow, that ferris wheel is going to be really big!

The Brits were never good with plumbing.
This person is a CIO?
DEF CON hackers to the Feds – Go away. It’s you, not me.
– Coal plant’s preemptive shutdowns.
– Stay out of my kid’s school lunch!
Fourth Circuit upholds the ACA Employer Mandate.

Random Everywhere:
– Now that’s a lot of cash. Matthew Stafford gets three year extension with Detroit Lions.
– Yeah, he really said that.
Bubba’s Hover – Ohio country club first to buy a pair. Sounds like a Peach Pundit Road Show to me!
– Right Foot Red. Charles Foley, inventor most known for the game “Twister,” died at age 82 last week.


  1. ricstewart says:

    Ralph Hudgens seems to be in full re-election campaign mode lately. Has anyone declared (or even hinted) against him?
    For that matter, has anyone heard about candidates for any of the statewide positions next year?

    • Dave Bearse says:

      The AJC recently reported some rather nice gifts from the insurance industry to Hudgens and senior staff.

  2. Dave Bearse says:

    The separate Wilcox County proms got media attention a few months ago. I know of at least one recent south Georgia instance of separate class reunions.

  3. No mention of the IRP including an additional 525 MW of solar at the PSC yesterday?

    Speaking of the PSC, that article regarding destruction of mice sounds similar to something Stan said at the hearing yesterday. I wish I had recorded it, but it was something along the lines of “I may not understand what you just said, but I don’t like the sound of it.”

  4. saltycracker says:

    Ferris wheel – 20 story – not so big – London eye is over 400 ft and Asian ones over 500′.

    • John Vestal says:

      Saw one down in Pensacola Beach last month and wondered if ATL’s would be about the same size.

      Turns out it’s actually the *same* wheel….relocated from PB. Our wheel’s a retread. :>)

    • Will Durant says:

      For $15 per I would rather buy an overpriced drink at the Sun Dial when they re-open.

  5. saltycracker says:

    Real political stuff: Hasselbeck too conservative for Walters and ABC so she’s going to Fox? Sex queen, Jenny McCartney replacing her on the View ?

  6. Dave Bearse says:

    The stars are aligned for the GOP to pick up control of the Senate and thus Congress in 2014, so its’ the perfect time to double down on the old white men vote by continuing the GOP War on Women.

    Erick Erickson’s (of and a Box commenter) tweet in response to Texas tightening abortion restrictions:

    Dear Liberals, go bookmark this site now:…

    As @jamiekilstein tweeted in response: “nothing says I’m ‘prolife’ like making fun of home abortions that kill actual people.”

    • Dave Bearse says:

      Not that I don’t know y’all know Erickson to be of redstate and a Fox commentator. I meant to delete that part from a comment that was copied and pasted from an e-mail to a few women I know will be moved.

    • saltycracker says:

      Mayor Reed issues statement disagreeing with the verdict,……
      The circus continues….

    • Harry says:

      I read that the DOJ cannot bring a civil rights action against an individual person, only an organization or government. Also, in the state of Florida a person found not guilty of a murder cannot be sued in civil court. Let’s see.

    • Dave Bearse says:

      Glad I wasn’t on that jury.

      “Stand your ground” is a misnomer. Zimmerman took it to Martin contrary to direction, and didn’t take the stand. Beyond a reasonable doubt is a high standard.

      • Dave Bearse says:

        The second degree murder charge was gross over-reach. The fact that it was possible that the jury might not have had the opportunity to consider manslaughter, with the case focused on meeting second degree murder standards, is indicative of prosecution that may not have been very good.

        • Dave Bearse says:

          And the moral of the story is, when picking a fight and getting your ass whipped, shoot to kill.

          • Harry says:

            No, the moral is, just because you’re being followed it’s not OK to try to ambush and beat down the person following. I actually believe they attempt a civil suit against Zimmerman, and if they do some of the additional details about Martin’s history, tweets showing him packing a gun, and police record.

            4) Did George Zimmerman continue to follow Trayvon Martin after a police dispatcher told him not to do so? Keep in mind that George Zimmerman was a neighborhood watch captain and there had been 8 burglaries there in the preceding 14 months. Additionally, most of those crimes were committed by young black males. Furthermore, while there are no indications that Martin was doing anything illegal when he ran into Zimmerman, it’s worth noting he had been suspended from school for possession of a “‘burglary tool’ and a bag full of women’s jewelry.” Given all of that, it doesn’t seem remarkable that Zimmerman may have initially followed Martin.

            However, after calling the police and reporting what he believed was Martin’s suspicious behavior, the 911 dispatcher told Zimmerman he didn’t need to continue to follow Martin. It’s worth noting that the dispatcher had no legal authority to tell Zimmerman what to do and even if Zimmerman continued following Martin, it wouldn’t be a crime. Regardless, Zimmerman says he obeyed and began walking back to his truck to meet with a police officer when Martin confronted and then attacked him shortly afterwards. While it’s impossible to prove one way or the other with the evidence available, Zimmerman’s story is consistent with the facts presented at trial.

            5) Could Trayvon Martin have gotten away? Since Martin was being followed by someone he didn’t know, it would be perfectly understandable if he was alarmed by that and worried about his safety. Given that, while he was not legally obligated to flee, it should be noted that Martin had at least two opportunities to do so. In fact, his friend Rachel Jeantel, who famously noted that Martin referred to Zimmerman as a “creepy ass cracker,” admitted that she suggested he run away. Had he done so or had he even just walked home, he would have made it before Zimmerman ever arrived at the spot where they had their final confrontation.

            Although it is impossible to know for sure who threw the first punch or how the fight started, Martin had a second opportunity to break off his conflict with Zimmerman. When eyewitness John Good saw Martin on top of Zimmerman, raining blows down on him, he told him to “cut it out” and then said, “I’m calling 911.” At that point, Martin was in physical command of the situation, was obviously winning the fight and there was a witness. If he wanted to end things, he could have broken off the fight at that point and asked Good for help. Instead, he chose to keep on beating Zimmerman.


            Bring it on.

            • Dave Bearse says:

              am·bush [ ámbsh ]
              1.surprise attack: an unexpected attack from a concealed position
              2.concealment before attack: concealment before a surprise attack
              3.somebody waiting in ambush: one or more people concealed in order to make a surprise attack.

              There’s no need to continue reading when the first sentence is ridiculous.

        • mpierce says:

          The fact that it was possible that the jury might not have had the opportunity to consider manslaughter

          manslaughter is a category 1 necessarily included lesser to 2nd-degree murder. I don’t think there was a chance the jury wouldn’t have had the manslaughter option.

  7. Dave Bearse says:

    The best thing about the “Coal plant’s preemptive shutdowns” link was the comments in the link!

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