Morning Reads — The Holiday is Here

This goy knows what’s up.

“Ocho Kandelikas” by Kenny Ellis. 

  1. Financial Times calculates the war in Afghanistan cost $1 trillion. And for what? Afghanistan to remain impoverished, corrupt and with an ascendant Taliban? 
  2. It turns out when you have no real,  attainable goals, no cohesive strategy and no agreement between allies, you’re probably going to fail at war.
  3. Let’s just have a hypothetical and ponder what would have happened had the United States spent that money on, oh I don’t know, anything useful. 
  4. Kennesaw reverses decision on xenophobic mosque ruling. 
  5. Some Athenians want to shut down the city’s bars. 
  6. More talk (again) a out changing Georgia’s beer laws. 
  7. In Cobb County, cops feel you don’t have the freedom to speak to officers how you choose. 
  8. Do  the cops for Fulton County Schools, Clay Co and Douglasville need Humvees, machine guns and a grenade launcher respectively? In total, $70m in surplus military gear is coming to Georgia.
  9. There’s a simple way to make sure our police don’t actually need heavy weaponry
  10. Cartersville school distributing Bibles. 
  11. The sad and complicated estate of James Brown. 


  1. blakeage80 says:

    Some of you may have noticed last time you visited downtown Athens, that it has a lot of old buildings for rent. Those old building need a lot of maintenance. That maintenance often requires the business renting the space to close for weeks if not months. That’s tough for a retail shop or restaurant to deal with. Bars on the other hand make so much money that they often use the shutdown to reinvent themselves and open back up as something new. If Athens limits the bars, they will probably have a lot of empty spaces or niche shops that stay open for 8 months before they go under. If you don’t believe me look at the story of Sunshine Cycles or Five Star Day. I believe both of these recent examples are in the Flagpole archives.

    • blakeage80 says:

      Note: Sunshine and Five Star were in their places for years when repair jobs caused them to close. The 8 month thing is a generalization.

          • Noway says:

            The Athens loss that get me all misty eyed is that DaVinci’s is no longer there! I was there from 81-84 and it was the best stuffed pizza known to God. There used to be a similar place called the Upper Crust in the Galleria back in the 80’s. Nancy’s in Buckhead is the only other place I know of that serves that same style.

  2. penguin says:

    The anti-liberty holiday edition of the morning reads. Islam is a cult and you must read the bible, super-arm the police, shut down the businesses, and all that liberty in Afghanistan.

      • Harry says:

        Their adherents are going berserk every day and killing people worldwide. This is cult behavior and has to stop.

        • Ellynn says:

          We don’t blame ALL Catholics when the IRA bombs somthing or a priest abuses a child… Why do you blame all of Islam when an extremely small number of their followers do something equally as stupid?

          • Noway says:

            With respect, Ellynn, I don’t think anyone who posts on here that attributes the disgusting behavior exhibited by the radical Islamists to the entire religion. The tactics of the few you speak of are certainly more barbaric than those used by the IRA. Murder is obviously murder, but the acts of the radical Islamists are certainly more shocking, in my humble opinion.

            • Ellynn says:

              Sometimes we (ok mostly me) need to use extreme hyperbole with Harry to point out the silliness of comments he makes.

              • Harry says:

                Sorry you find it necessary to opine on me. Oh well. Certainly there are exceptions, but I was answering the previous comment on what basis can Islam be “judged a cult that doesn’t also delegitimize christianity.” But if you want to make a business of constantly making comment about my “silliness” etc. then go ahead. However, I’d recommend to keep personal references out of it.

              • Harry says:

                there is no equivalency

                Not even in the middle ages did Christians go in schools and kill schoolchildren. Islamic radicals are terrorizing people (including their own people) every day – in Africa, Asia, Europe, and here.

                • Will Durant says:

                  If you want to go back to the Middle Ages, or even better the Dark Ages then we can find atrocities that more than exceed the bombing of schoolchildren. Heinous as it is many of the historic ones committed on behalf of a deity cannot be discussed in this forum. In the Christian Bible we find verses glorifying Joshua’s killing of every man, woman, child, even all of the livestock in Jericho.

                  You make ignorant statements rooted in the hyperbole of extremist websites and then want to crawl up on a cross and claim it is a personal attack.

                  • Harry says:

                    OK, if you want to compare radical Islam with the Old Testament I guess that’s your comparison. I’m just pointing you in the direction of what’s happening now. I guess it hasn’t touched you personally but it’s affecting millions of others.

  3. xdog says:

    I ordered eggs Benedict this morning in a local spot and it came to the table on a big shiny hubcap. The waitress explained there’s no plates like chrome for the Hollandaise.

  4. gcp says:

    A suggestion to those intently concerned about “militarization” of police: could you please start a movement to ” demilitarize” the criminals in Dekalb before they use an assault rifle to shoot two police officers.

  5. Ed says:

    Cuban cigar prices are now going to skyrocket with an inverse relationship to quality and a supply even less likely to keep up with demand. #thanksobama

  6. John Konop says:

    I think with Cuba so close it make sense we keep the door open….we have relationships with countries way worse than Cuba…..just throw a dart in the Middle East and Africa……BTW who does not like a good Cuban cigar, Cuban sandwich with a mojito!

    ……….“We will end an outdated approach that for decades has failed to advance our interests and instead we will begin to normalize relations between our two countries,” Mr. Obama said in a nationally televised statement from the White House. The deal will “begin a new chapter among the nations of the Americas” and move beyond a “rigid policy that is rooted in events that took place before most of us were born.”…….

    ……….Senator Marco Rubio, a Republican from Florida and a son of Cuban immigrants who may run for president in 2016, denounced the new policy as “another concession to a tyranny” and a sign that Mr. Obama’s administration is “willfully ignorant of the way the world truly works.”
    “This whole new policy is based on an illusion, on a lie, the lie and the illusion that more commerce and access to money and goods will translate to political freedom for the Cuban people,” Mr. Rubio said. “All this is going to do is give the Castro regime, which controls every aspect of Cuban life, the opportunity to manipulate these changes to stay in power.”
    Senator Robert Menendez, Democrat of New Jersey and the chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, was also sharply critical. “Let’s be clear, this was not a ‘humanitarian’ act by the Castro regime. It was a swap of convicted spies for an innocent American,” Mr. Menendez said in a written statement. “President Obama’s actions have vindicated the brutal behavior of the Cuban government.”…………

    …….The Vatican hailed the agreement. “The Holy Father wishes to express his warm congratulations for the historic decision taken by the governments of the United States of America and Cuba to establish diplomatic relations, with the aim of overcoming, in the interest of the citizens of both countries, the difficulties which have marked their recent history,” it said in a statement………

    • gcp says:

      Its a bad deal. We got Alan Gross who they wanted to get rid of anyway because he is sick, one of our spies they held for 20 years, and we gave them three of their spies. They failed to return two fugitives from justice Guillermo Moralles (bomber) and JoAnne Chesimard (murderer).

      They have made no significant changes in internal policy and much of the current Cuban population knows nothing but communism and Castro.

      Any U.S. money spent in Cuba will only strengthen their system and the Castro followers.

      Not a good deal for the U.S.

      • Ed says:

        Yeah because we benefit so much from the embargo and our consistency on not trading with communists. And who cares if they are communist. Hate to break it to you but the ideology is know threat.

      • xdog says:

        I don’t dispute your facts but you ignore the fact of 50 years isolation. Cuba is 90 miles away, the Cubans want food and cars and free passage to the USA, we want travel rights and the freedom to export and invest. wtf is the problem with moving in that direction? There aren’t any Soviets any more and no one in the Caribbean is exporting revolution. That’s a market down there not an arsenal. We can’t wait for the last Castro to die before thinking about engaging the Cubans unless we’re willing to put off for years the benefits we would both enjoy from free travel and trade and investment. I say let’s go for it and sell them some Georgia chickens and cold drinks.

        • gcp says:

          Of course there is a “market down there”; a market for US dollars because their currency/economy is so dysfunctional. And you can travel to Cuba under certain restrictions but you stay where the government wants you to stay; think maybe the Cubans could at least have changed that policy prior to this deal?

          As far as internal changes, we have not seen any changes precisely because this generation of Cubans only know Castro policy. Have you heard any big movement amongst young Cubans to change things? Nope. When Fidel and Raul die the system will continue. And as far as the fugitives, why was there no deal to return them to the US?

          I am not totally against changing Cuban policy; I just want a little more from the Cubans.

          • John Konop says:

            in all due respect, if we apply your standard we should stop trading with majority countries we have with….look al countries in the Middle East, Affrica, South America, Central America, Asia….Cuba is rather civilized compared….

            • gcp says:

              Yes, mainly because we needed oil from those countries but look at N Korea, we don’t need anything from them so we are able to isolate them until they change their policies; should be the same thing with Cuba.

              • John Konop says:

                In all due resect most the countries on the bad boy list do not produce oil that is exported to us….China has human rights issues that make Cuba look like Disney land, India……

                • gcp says:

                  No comparison. Americans can move about in China as can Chinese, and China is not holding two fugitives (as far as I know) . Yea I got problems with China but they are not a totally closed country like Cuba.

                  A little history here. In the past 54 years the only thing we got from Cuba was a group of criminals forced on us during Castro’s 1980 boatlift and a subsequent riot several years later at the Atlanta Federal Pen. Now Obama decides he will normalize relations. Much like Obama’s other foreign deals we get very little and the other guy gets much. Castro doesn’t need Russian rubles but he does need US dollars and that’s what he will get.

                  Once again I am not against changing policy towards Cuba but we need to see a little more from Castro and it starts with the return of the two fugitives.

                  And for those screaming about Cuban cigars check Ybor City in Tampa or little Havana in Miami.

                  • John Konop says:

                    ……..Castro doesn’t need Russian rubles but he does need US dollars and that’s what he will get……

                    That is kind of the idea? We open commerce and travel between us and Russia, China….in hopes of creating a lack of incentive for mutual destruction. It is far from perfect….are we not better doing business with countries like Russia, China….than not? Not saying we should not negotiate better deals….But it is way more mellow with them now when I was a kid and we did drills in school out of fear….

                    I remember doing the below drill:

                    • gcp says:

                      Well if we don’t get anything from a country then we should not do business with them, sort of like Cuba, Korea, Syria, we get nothing from them so we should not give them anything.

                    • John Konop says:

                      It would be a short list….the strategy you are recommending is what hurt our country when Carter was president…we lost the wheat market for USA farmers via this thinking in many parts of the world…

                    • gcp says:

                      Well what restrictions do you favor? For example should we help countries improve their internet capabilities? Perhaps we could help the Chinese and Koreans hacking capabilities. Maybe we could help the Cuban government block internet access for Cuban citizens.

                    • John Konop says:

                      That is a separate issue…I do support better negotiated trade deals….and have been very public about it….I also believe our biggest weapon is our way of life….bluegenes and Beatles also helped bring down the USSR 🙂

                    • gcp says:

                      And what about the US fugitives the Cubans harbor? I named two but there are many more. That should have been a starting point in any negotiations.

                    • John Konop says:

                      ……And what about the US fugitives the Cubans harbor?…

                      Do you really want to compare Saudi Arabia ( royal family funded the hijackers/terrorist) , India, China…..on human rights violation to Cuba? Cuba is vacation compared to the above places for the poor…..

                    • John Konop says:

                      …Yea, and gave us Putin..

                      Should we end trade with Russia?

                      ….Its not a separate issue. You send more dollars to the Castro boys and you get continued repression…..

                      Should we end trade with China, name a country in Africa/Middle East, India…?

    • xdog says:

      Sanctions on Russia have Putin feeling some heat now as Russian companies scramble to manage their short-term debt without access to Western banks.

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