Morning Reads 9 June 2014

Happy Monday, there’s coffee around here somewhere. Today is the anniversary of the Secretariat’s Triple Crown in 1973, but there was no similar luck for California Chrome to break the dry spell over the weekend. Here’s what else happened over the weekend.


Our Republican Senate Primary Runoff is #3 of the Top 10 races of 2014.
Can we talk about mental health yet?
The Senate Candidates on the new environmental regs.
Common Core was the main focus of the State School Superintendent debate on Saturday. (MyAJC link)
One man’s generosity in Albany illustrates the problems of rural healthcare delivery.


Curious about what the Senate might look like at this point? 538 has you covered.
Kerry defends trade for Bergdahl.
Thanks Texas, this is why we can’t have nice things.
El-Sisi is sworn in as the next President of Egypt. Maybe he’ll last longer than Morsi.
A Pope, a Patriarch, a Prime Minister and a President. Maybe Mideast peace is next.

Everything Else

Which Billionaire could by Atlanta? Go check it out here.
Hey look! The CIA is on twitter.


  1. saltycracker says:

    Agree the Georgia Senate is one of the most important races. Both GOP candidates propose to repeal and replace Obamacare. The key is with what ? The healthcare system is fast morphing to adapt and protect itself.
    Where are the candidates replacement/modification points ?
    IMHO. Looking for:

    Individual mandate – everyone with skin in the game
    No exclusions for pre-existing conditions (ok with high premiums for high risk lifestyles)
    (Wellness care coverage inclusions, proven cost reducer)

    Privatization: privatize insurance coverage or management if self insured – including all public employees
    (Government can regulate, it can’t own/manage)
    Uninsured: No public paid program beyond ER – right of refusal of services, direct uninsured to charity hospitals

    Minimize restrictive regulations – open competition – bureaucracy and corporate healthcare will close ranks, lobby, legislate and donate generously, to protect itself, locking out competetors and innovative “disruptors” that may dramatically alter processes and lower costs, in providers, territories, equipment, procedures or processes……save the “disruptors”.

  2. saltycracker says:

    We want our daily news served up in bits we can deal with, small personal interest stories. Some events are so overwhelming and the answers so complex or devisive, our media spares us.

    The overwhelming, first magnitude, story of 2014 is not on some foreign soil where we call in the United Nations or world charities (maybe we should) and it will cost billions and billions and a huge human toll to fix:

    10,000……TEN THOUSAND UNACCOMPANIED CHILDREN a MONTH illegally entering the U.S. from Central America.

    • Harry says:

      If the administration were Republican, the story would be all over the AJC. This human tragedy can be tied directly to bad policy and governance.

      • saltycracker says:

        Both parties have played the opportunity card for the most uneducated/poor immigrants for years – and years…sans responsible immigration laws….
        now the time is ripe to play the sanctuary card with public monies….. Game over….

          • The Last Democrat in Georgia says:

            Where would be the fun in that? If they sent them home they wouldn’t be able to get any publicly-subsidized cheap labor out of them for small and big business.

          • Lea Thrace says:

            Home to where? Some of these kids dont have family. Which is the problem. You want to send a 7 year old back to a country plagued by violence without finding their family or someone to take care of them?

            • saltycracker says:

              Sadly, not until we have trained some in a gang here, then we deport them back to expand gang activity in their Central American country causing the poor to send more children to the US.

              There is a lot the US should do with our southern alliances and trade agreements to make a difference. We can’t support banana corporate dictators or immigrate millions of destitute lost children.

  3. Jackster says:

    Two things:

    1) Rural Healthcare Delivery – If your rehab place is a privately run facility, and they’re too cheap to replace the beds, the question begs, why aren’t they required ot have beds that have some sort of extra efficacy? Same goes for non rural healthcare delivery – just because it’s old, does that mean it needs to be replaced?

    2) Mental Health – Eric – the dude who decided to have an assault on the court house wasn’t crazy. He believed he was owed his due, and was there to forcefully remove it. Now, this begs the question more so – if you don’t recognize the authority of the gov’t, does that make you crazy?

    • John Konop says:

      It looks like anther causality from the failed “War on Drugs” policy…..We have taken people with health issues and teat them like criminals…..This needs to end!

      ……….But in the nearly three years since his arrest, Marx had lost much of his savings and his ability to make a living, said Crisci, a former co-worker who added that his children called Marx “Uncle Dennis.”

      “(Marx) felt it was a money grab,” he said. During one of their last conversations Marx told him he was going to lose his home.

      In a federal lawsuit filed last year, Marx said Forsyth deputies violated his constitutional rights by engaging in an illegal search of his home. He also alleged he was beaten during his arrest.

      When Marx was arrested, Shafer said, deputies showed up in full force, including the SWAT team.

      Inside, they found a safe where Marx kept all his savings, about $30,000 at the time, Crisci said.

      “They claimed it was drug profits,” he said. “But Dennis didn’t have a bank account. He just didn’t trust banks. He kept all the money he ever had locked up in that safe.”

      Crisci said Marx trafficked in neither drugs or guns.

      “His ‘grow house’ was a 4-by-6 closet with some pot plants,” he said, adding Marx smoked marijuana to deal with the back pain he suffered as a result of two serious automobile accidents.

      “If someone wanted some marijuana, he’d get them some, but he was no dealer. He didn’t seek out customers,” Crisci said.

      Court records show that four of the distribution charges brought against Marx had been dismissed………

    • objective says:

      it’s hard to imagine this man didn’t have some sort of mental illness- even if it was triggered by the circumstances. however, any illness he had shouldn’t diminish the concerns of any overzealous law enforcement, if that’s truly what occurred. it is true that even an arrest can seriously impede employment prospects. with the other issues regarding no-knock warrants and such, law enforcement policies need a definite hard look and re-write that reflects citizens’ rights and safety, and real priorities.

      • John Konop says:

        I took some psychology courses in college. I remember a professor saying we all have psychological issues….it is just a matter of how far up or down you are on the number line. When you combine that with environmental issues it can trigger episodes…Drugs are usually just self masking copping tool people use….rightly or wrongly….

        If you understand the above…combine this with the “War on Drug” policy you have a toxic mess…..If someone uses drugs as a self medicating tool and even abuses it….as long as other people are not put in danger….it is better than the “War on Drugs/People policy” This policy is filled with tragic stories like this….

        You had a guy who owned a house, had 30k saved and was growing/using pot. Before the arrest he was living life with friends……This poor guy was beaten, lost his house, money taken away, could not find a job via the arrest and labeled a felony drug dealer in his community. WOW this happens everyday……

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