Morning Reads: 21 July 2014

Yesterday was the 45th Anniversary of the Moon landing. Some of you may remember that day, for others it is distant history. Oh and the UAE says it’s going to Mars in 2021.

Don’t forget that Election day is tomorrow.

Here’s what else happened in the news.


Some folks think the Georgia Senate seat will go to Michelle Nunn. Others, not so much.
Either way, all  the candidates are hanging out in Metro Atlanta before the runoff.
It’s good that some folks aren’t trying to tear the party apart.
BRT removed from Cobb’s SPLOST list. Fayette and Gwinnett congestion here we come.
Congrats to Douglasville Judge Peggy Walker for being named president of the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges.
Ralph Long endorses Alisha Thomas Morgan.


The challenges of a Clinton Presidential bid.
Speaking of Presidential bids, it looks like Rick Perry is coming back.
$23.6 Billion for a one person smoking settlement?!?
It hasn’t been this bad in the Occupied Territories in a while.
The Dutch are not happy about the Malaysia Air situation.

Everything else

James Garner has passed away.
We can see the Higgs Boson working!


  1. xdog says:

    Conyers-based Eastside Commercial Bank was closed Friday by bank regulators. They’re the 13th bank to fail in 2014 and the 1st Georgia failure in more than a year. Georgia leads the nation with 88 bank failures since 2008.

    Eastside was chartered in 2005 and quickly got in trouble. Why did regulators let a ‘zombie bank’ like Eastside hang on for years? For that matter, why did they ever get a charter from the state?

  2. About that conf call… Don’t we have around 152 Republican House and Senate members? So, roughly one-third took the time to dial in?

    “And he asked them to support him in the media and at local gatherings when voters raise questions about his ethics and his record.” …because this is his last race. That’s ballsy.

    Translation: “Hey guys, I’m only going to be around four more years, so please put your name and reputation and future elections on the line by vouching for mine in both the (forever-on-record) media and with your constituents.”

    Next quarter’s fundraising reports will be interesting.

    • David C says:

      The fact that they’re trotting out this ridiculous #WeKnowNathan hashtag campaign today reeks of both stupidity and desperation. It’s just asking to be hijacked by the other party, which it already is. If your main selling point after four years on the job is that people know you exist, you just might have an awful record.

    • xdog says:

      In Bluestein’s story, Deal shares his dire visions of personal extinction. He says if lawmakers don’t get off their rear-ends and show some enthusiasm for the Deal team, they’ll be on the sidelines too in short order and those Carter people who don’t owe them anything will be calling all the shots.

      It sounds a little fevered to me. Who’s the sitting governor here anyways? Deal should shut his mouth, take a deep breath, get some new advice.

    • Three Jack says:

      Amazing that a sitting Republican governor with a huge majority in both houses and full control of all statewide offices would need to literally beg for GOP support using scare tactics. If someone is this desperate to keep a taxpayer funded job, he must have all kinds of money making schemes in the works that will go away if not re-elected.

  3. debbie0040 says:

    Pundits keep talking about the divisive Republican Primary for U.S. Senate, but the Dems have one going as well. The Democratic Primary Runoff for State School superintendent has had its share of divisiveness and nastiness..

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