Morning Reads: 21 July 2014

July 21, 2014 6:30 am

by Eric The Younger · 17 comments

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!

xdog July 21, 2014 at 7:45 am

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?

The Last Democrat in Georgia July 21, 2014 at 10:41 am

Thanks for the news, Eric.

Bridget Cantrell July 21, 2014 at 10:44 am

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 July 21, 2014 at 11:57 am

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.

Bridget Cantrell July 21, 2014 at 12:33 pm

Thanks for the hashtag. Some of these are laugh out loud funny. I expect the Carter campaign to have a funny of spoof of the tshirt.

Bridget Cantrell July 21, 2014 at 4:33 pm
David C July 21, 2014 at 5:39 pm

It gets even better. Maybe next time you’re going to try and launch a hashtag campaign Nathan, you should try and buy the URL for it first:

Bridget Cantrell July 21, 2014 at 4:50 pm

Guys, seriously – the GAGOP just sent a mass email directing everyone to #weknowNathan. When you get there, the hashtag has been loaded down all morning with all sorts of negative articles, memes, and phrases. Abort! Abort! Wait…

Bridget Cantrell July 21, 2014 at 5:38 pm

Oh no – I do legitimately feel bad for Deal’s social media person because they surely feel like poo right now. No one paid the $9.99 to buy the domain for a hashtag launch. BG bought it today and a countersite is already up.

MattMD July 21, 2014 at 11:03 pm

I said it last week and nothing has convinced me otherwise since. Deal is done.

xdog July 21, 2014 at 12:46 pm

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 July 21, 2014 at 2:54 pm

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.

Harry July 21, 2014 at 10:50 am

Border patrol agent helps clarify how Obama subverted national security

debbie0040 July 21, 2014 at 11:46 am

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..

Chuck Shiflett July 21, 2014 at 12:17 pm

Occupied Territories????? Gaza, Judea, and Samaria are part of Israel.

MattMD July 21, 2014 at 4:20 pm

Rick Perry, lol.

Harry July 22, 2014 at 12:44 am

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