Morning Reads for Friday, December 19, 2014

6 Shopping Days ’til Christmas. Get on with it, already.

– Finally, some Federal funding for Savannah.
– Rejoice! Christmas break comes early to Polk County schools. Oh wait.
– GA unemployment rate drops again.
Herding cats. Or something.
– This might some of you people happy.
– No fast internetz for you!

Sad news for Cheyney University.
Romney finally has a good idea.
– CNN wins Quote of the Year…wait, what?
Be careful when trading in your truck.
Fredo, I always knew it was you.
Saints Preserve Us!

Random Everywhere:
So many mummies, so little time.
– Brings a whole new meaning to “Honey, let’s drive around and look at the Christmas lights.”
The Force is strong in this one.


    • xdog says:

      fta: “The drug task force that gathered that intelligence was disbanded four months after the raid that injured Bou Bou Phonesavanh. It also happened to be the day after “20/20” arrived in Habersham County to investigate.”

      “As Bou Bou lay in the hospital, agent Nikki Autry resigned from her job with the Mountain Judicial Circuit’s drug unit. Judge James Butterworth, the chief magistrate of Habersham County, who signed the “no-knock” warrant, announced his retirement within days of the raid.”

      Well, that’s something. Meanwhile, shouldn’t the county’s insurer be on the hook for the medical bills, or if their losses are capped too low, the county?

      • Raleigh says:

        I would be surprised if they even carry insurance since county and local government is covered by Georgia’s Sovereign Immunity law. If you are out driving minding your own business and a county vehicle not on an emergency call hits you and totals your car your on the hook for your own hospitalization and property damage. They are covered by Sovereign Immunity and are under no obligation to pay a dime. I don’t think it’s right but it is the law. The only way this family might get something is they claim their child was in custody at the time and win in court. They have a uphill battle to ever get anything.

        • CountPetofi says:

          No way in hell is this correct. Sov Imm isn’t that simple. So, a government entity isn’t liable for any negligence? Complete BS. Trust me…the entity who’s moronic cops did this will pay. That’s why they carry liability insurance.

          • CountPetofi says:

            And the civil suit that surely will follow will devastate that entire county. Try getting 12 jurors who will be hard a$$es against the disfigured infant because of the incompetent actions of a bunch of rube cops. Bou Bou’s name will be above the door on the task force’s building.

  1. saltycracker says:

    Santa Claus will get an EU electric powered sled this year:

    EU court rules that fatness ‘can constitute a disability’
    EU court ruling means that British bosses will be required to treat obese workers as “disabled” providing them with larger seats, special parking spaces and other facilities.

  2. SallyForth says:

    How bout some love for these blazin’ Hawks? They are on a roll this year, this week handed LaBron the third worst loss of his career, among other for-realness. I’m about to become a believer.

    • androidguybill says:

      The Hawks will never gain a serious local following until they get

      A) a local star player who earned some distinction at UGA or Georgia Tech (though UGA would be the most helpful)


      B) sustained success in the playoffs

      Which is, you know, pretty much what they had with Dominique Wilkins. Which, you know, was the only time that anyone in the city or state paid attention to the Hawks. Georgia is a football state (at the high school, college and professional level) and it needs to actually achieve in other sports in order to give the local pigskin fans a reason to care. Even the Braves: remember all the empty seats before the 90s turnaround (which came via basically Ted Turner buying off as much of the Toronto Blue Jay’s organization as he could)? Had that never happened, Cobb County would have been more likely to bribe the Braves to stay in Atlanta rather than spend a half billion to lure them.

      • Harry says:

        Re: Braves: The owners won’t pay to fix them and fans won’t pay to watch losers. A bad deal for Cobb, sorry.

      • Ed says:

        RJ Hunter is a potential top-10 draft prospect from… Georgia State. But he’s also not local. UGA is a dumpster fire of a program right now.

      • SallyForth says:

        Yep, androidguy, when I posted that, I was thinking about Nique and how we haven’t had much excitement since. Of course the human highlight film was a hard act to follow.

      • MattMD says:

        Georgia has almost always had a mediocre basketball program.

        Tech has had success under Cremins and the earlier Hewitt years: it is a much more bankable program than UGA.

        UGA is mostly known for football (if you’re talking Outback and Belk bowls) and even then, meh.

      • John Konop says:

        The Hawks team is very well coached! It is fantastic team basketball….If they keep it up fans will show up….winning brings fans….if you are a parent of a basketball players and or a coach you should go to games to study the ball movement and defense.

  3. androidguybill says:

    The BLS radically revising Georgia’s unemployment numbers will lend credibility to the conspiracy theorists that Obama was cooking the books in order to try to help the Dems win the governor and senate races.

    As far as Cheyney University goes: another day, another black college that is failing because they refuse to:

    A) hire capable, qualified administrators and staff. Instead, they hire from a small circle of family, friends and cronies

    B) alter their student recruiting methods. Because of, you know, integration, black colleges now mostly get high school “graduates” who for various reasons are not college material. Black colleges should have instead raised admissions standards for high school graduates and instead focused their recruitment efforts on junior college transfers, trade school graduates, military veterans and other nontraditional (meaning older, more mature, more accomplished and better able to manage their studies and finances) students. They won’t do it because of A) their administrators lack the qualifications to come up with the idea, let alone implement it and B) their refusal to admit that society has changed, and instead of providing the only path to higher education in Jim Crow or a far more favorable climate than the racism that existed at many schools long after Jim Crow, the vast majority of capable black college students that used to attend HBCUs now attend regional “white” colleges … directional schools and such. The rest simply opt for community college or trade school.

    It is a shame. HBCUs could hire could administrators and be an ideal place to, say, give a STEM or business management education to a guy who joined the Army straight out of high school and put in 4 to 8 years. Or to a person who earned an LPN license at a trade school, has worked a few years and wants a bachelor’s degree to become an RN. (And yes, such people would not be exclusively black. A school like that would actually succeed in drawing a diverse population.) But they would rather stick to the way that they have always done things until the feds come along and shut them down, at which time many of them will predictably blame racism and any number of conspiracies.

    • androidguybill says:

      Republicans should care about unemployment under Nathan Deal when Democrats start to care about unemployment, spending, deficits, wasting valuable time and political capital on pursuing social libertinism instead of jobs, being far more willing to side with rioters and criminals over Trayon Martin/Michael Ferguson than address the 70% illegitimacy rate in the black community etc. under Obama. Fair enough?

  4. androidguybill says:


    Oh, the Braves in Cobb will be heavily attended initially, partially because of the newness but mainly because it will be a great chance to send a message to “those people” in Atlanta and the leaders that they elect. But after about 3 or 4 years, when the newness and excitement wears off and the increased traffic (and increased crime and unskilled workers seeking low paying jobs … and in an area of Cobb that was already sketchy and on the decline by the way) begins to grate on people, and the area doesn’t bring nearly as many jobs or as much publicity as it hoped; well we will just have to see.

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