Morning Reads for Friday, June 6, 2014

Here:
Cecelia Seiler passed away yesterday after a lengthy illness. Yes, the matriarch of the UGA dynasty.
J. Tom Coleman, former USG Regent, State Senator and a fine southern gentleman, passed away Wednesday.
– Remember the VA scandal? Atlanta has the third longest wait times for treatment.
Aubrey Lee Price pleads guilty.
– GA Chamber pick Legislators of the Year.
– And there was great rejoicing. Hartsfield-Jackson ATL has dropped their Wi-Fi fee!

There:
– Today is the 70th anniversary of D-Day and the Battle of Normandy.
Payback?
– A lawyer, any lawyer, to the white courtesy phone, please.
“Deserter or doofus? They’re not mutually exclusive, you know.”
– More kidnappings? Definitely.

Random Everywhere:
– It’s called Southern, y’all.
– A feature, not a bug.
Award ceremony run amok.

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25 comments

  1. UpHere says:

    Funny that Millar is Legislator of the Year when he almost came to blows with Meadows on the House floor and will never, ever, ever get a bill through after that little debacle.

    • John Konop says:

      Fran and I have not always 100% agreed on issues, with that said I have tremendous respect for him. He is very bright guy and worthy of being “Legislator of the Year”.

    • WeymanCWannamakerJr says:

      The choice of Mark Hamilton is even more suspect with his sponsorship and vehement support of HB837 all the way down to the day of its veto. The private probation bill even gained Georgia notoriety with the worldwide Human Rights Watch people. I guess the probation companies have good standing in the Chamber.

  2. xdog says:

    I realized yesterday that all the WWII vets I’ve known are dead. My Dad and his friends, his brother and cousin, my Mom’s brother and sister, a Ukrainian who fought for the Russians and had the good sense to walk west after the war, all had different wars, all served well, all are gone now.

    On good days I like to think we’ve learned a harsh lesson that eliminates the chance of another catastrophic war, but then I think, no way, war is what we do, maybe the thing we as humans are best at.

    The WWII museum says there are more than 1M US vets still living, about 24K in Georgia. Of course, they’re old men and women so they’re dying off pretty quickly.
    http://www.nationalww2museum.org/honor/wwii-veterans-statistics.html

    Here’s James C. Cobb reflecting on “the most American place on earth”.
    http://flagpole.com/news/cobbloviate/2014/06/04/normandy-on-d-day-was-the-most-american-place-on-earth

  3. Dave Bearse says:

    What do you say Georgia gun nuts? Are normal people right to think it “downright weird” and “scary” to see dangerously zealous and ignorant people walking around in Texas malls and restaurants carrying loaded semiautomatic rifles? The NRA seems to think it went swishy and has started downplaying its initial characterizations. Time for principled action, after the polling results are in.

      • The Last Democrat in Georgia says:

        That’s really good advice which I myself practice.

        While I appreciate the really spirited exercise of our God-given Second Amendment rights, I don’t think that it is necessarily always the best form to take one’s AK’s, AR’s and SK’s in public places if only for the potential of there possibly being a complicated misunderstanding with the authorities.

        • seenbetrdayz says:

          In Texas, they can’t open-carry handguns but they can open-carry rifles. —Which doesn’t make much sense. I don’t think rifles are very practical for out-and-about defense, but the primary intent of the protest is to get the law changed to allow for open-carry of handguns.

          • Dave Bearse says:

            Similar in nature to the farm vehicle exemption from required seat belt use in Georgia that was in the press a dozen years ago, Texas probably allows long guns because they can’t readily be concealed on a horse—it’s cowboy and cowboy wannabe state.

      • saltycracker says:

        It does. A nut job, convicted felon, shows up illegally armed and shoots a cop at the courthouse. If the cops hadn’t shot him dead we can hope an armed citizen would have before he got into court.

        • xdog says:

          I haven’t read anything about his being a convicted felon. He was due in court Monday on charges of possession with intent to distribute marijuana. He claimed to be a ‘certified Glock armorer’ but I’d bet a cookie he wasn’t.

          • saltycracker says:

            In the link

            “Marx was arrested over a year ago on charges of marijuana possession and firearm possession by a convicted felon.”

      • seenbetrdayz says:

        We should pass a law to make explosives and spike strips super-illegal, since the attacker used those as well.

  4. George Dickel says:

    I’m not sure if the “now they’ll try to kidnap our soldiers!” angle is the dumbest talking point to come out of this whole Bergdahl thing, but it’s got to be close.

    • Dave Bearse says:

      Oliver North took part in selling missiles to Iran to encourage release of seven American hostages in Lebanon. He had the lead role in taking the money and secretly delivering it to Contras involved in the drug trade, despite specific Congressional action prohibiting aid to Contras, then lied about it all.

      Could there be a better choice than a hypocrite whose expertise is 25 years removed from experience criticizing the release of Bergdahl to remind everyone the GOP had been there, done that, and North’s circumvention of Congress?

  5. DrGonzo says:

    Just a reminder: Your Kennesaw State Fighting Owls take on the University of Louisville tonight in Louisville in the first of a best-of-three NCAA Super Regional matchup. Winner earns a spot in the College World Series in Omaha.

    You can support them by watching the game tonight on ESPNU at 6:30PM, tomorrow at 7PM on ESPNU, and Sunday (if a game 3 is needed) at 6:30pm (I think, might be 7pm) on ESPN2.

    Also, congratulations to first team All-American Max Pentecost, catcher for KSU and the leading hitter in the nation this year, who was drafted last night #11 by the Toronto Blue Jays in the MLB Draft.

    Go Owls!

      • DrGonzo says:

        It helps that we’ve had stability with coaching. Our head coach has been there 23 years and led us to an NAIA and D-II national championship in the mid-90’s.

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