The Morning Reads for Today. January 14th.

I’ve got no intro for today’s reads.

“Seventeen Devils” by The Starlight Mints. 

  1. Hank Johnson assuming new role in Congress. 
  2. No word yet if his office will tip over with the extra work load.
  3. Mapping migration, possible racial bias, in Atlanta. 
  4. Telfair County is really really poor. 
  5. Georgia could grow in historical importance. 
  6. Does any rational being truly believe Jacksonville has any significance?
  7. Former Peach Punditeer Saba Long writes about developing a new bus and rail system in Atlanta. 
  8. Here’s a slightly tongue-in-cheek glossary for the legislative Session.
  9. Because if you read PP you probably need a primer on such things.


    • androidguybill says:

      Better to be involved in hockey, roller skating and Python programming than into politics at that age …

  1. Noway says:

    I’ll go ahead and apologize now for posting this twice. It’s late in the day today, so I’m not sure how many people will cruze by tonight. So, in the am, this goes on the fresh reads.

    Before I post; a few comments:
    This guy is my new hero, got bigger balls than an elephant and I want some of our sorry a$$ed new congressmen to redeem their lying backsides by finding a loophole in the constitution to make it possible for this man to become OUR president!

    Without further delay….

    “Moroccan-born mayor of Rotterdam tells fellow Muslims who do not appreciate the ‘freedoms’ of living in the West to ‘pack your bags and f*** off’ on live TV” “The Moroccan-born mayor of Rotterdam has said Muslim immigrants who do not appreciate the way of life in Western civilisations can ‘f*** off’. “Ahmed Aboutaleb, who arrived in the Netherlands aged 15, spoke out in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo attack in Paris last week.” “Appearing on live television just hours after the shootings, Mayor Aboutaleb said Muslims who ‘do not like freedom can pack your bags and leave’. ” “Labour politician Ahmed Aboutaleb, a former journalist who was appointed mayor of the Dutch city in 2008, is known for his straightforward stance on integration.” “The 53-year-old won the praise of London-mayor Boris Johnson over his comments last week attacking fellow Muslims who move to Western nations but refuse to accept the Western way of life.” “‘It is incomprehensible that you can turn against freedom,’ Mayor Aboutaleb told Dutch current affairs program Nieuwsuur (Newshour).” “‘But if you don’t like freedom, for heaven’s sake pack your bags and leave.”

    “‘If you do not like it here because some humorists you don’t like are making a newspaper, may I then say you can f*** off.” ‘This is stupid, this so incomprehensible. Vanish from the Netherlands if you cannot find your place here. All those well-meaning Muslims here will now be stared at’.
    Mayor Aboutaleb grew up the son of an imam in northern Morocco, but moved to the Netherlands in 1976. After working as a reporter he became a civil servant before being appointed State Secretary for Social Affairs and Employment in 2007.

    When he was appointed mayor of Rotterdam, the second largest city in the country with a population of more than 610,000, he became the first immigrant in such a position in the Netherlands.

    Mayor Aboutaleb, who represents the Dutch Labour Party, de Partij van de Arbeid, has long had a no-nonsense approach to immigration and integration. Speaking to the Observer shortly after his appointment he said his message to immigrants is ‘stop seeing yourself as victims, and if you don’t want to integrate, leave’.

    This week, London Mayor Boris Johnson hailed Mayor Aboutaleb as his ‘hero’ and ‘straight to the point’. ‘That is the voice of the Enlightenment, of Voltaire,’ Mr Johnson wrote in the Daily Telegraph. ‘If we are going to win the struggle for the minds of these young people, then that is the kind of voice we need to hear – and it needs above all to be a Muslim voice.’

    I’ve gone to Rosetta Stone and express ordered levels 1-7 of Dutch, just to show my support. Perhaps an address to a joint session of Congress should be considered!?

    You da Man, Mr. Mayor!!

  2. saltycracker says:

    History: We will always enjoy knowing exactly where something occurred and old wood forts are tricky locations. There were a lot of them. What is important is that several European nations sought a foothold in the new world. Spain was successful in Florida, England up the East Coast with south Georgia pretty much a no man’s land claimed by Catholic Spain and Protestant England until Olgethorpe (whose southern boundary for the colony was the Altamaha). The French Huguenots failed to establish a colony, Spain saw to that at Matanzas Inlet and destroying Ft Caroline, wherever it was.

  3. saltycracker says:

    Telfair Co. has about 4,000 households, they can’t afford to support a city much less a county.

  4. blakeage80 says:

    While the migration article has some interesting data and observations, it’s conclusion that residents need to question themselves is a little goofy.

  5. Will Durant says:

    Something is fishy here and it ain’t the trout. The widening of GA20 between Buford and Cumming has been delayed for at least a couple of decades for various reasons. Primarily the bottleneck of a narrow 2 lane bridge over the Chattahoochee being held hostage to the infamous Northern Arc, environmentalist’s concerns, and most recently, the failed regional TSPLOST initiative. Now C.W. Matthews and by extension GDOT are acting as if the huge differences in flow near the dam is a surprise. They are now announcing a delay in the construction of the new bridges and no doubt some pricey change orders are also in the making.

    Now I have fished this stretch for years but anyone who has lived in the metro area for any length of time knows that this area of the river is subject to massive fluctuations when they are releasing water from Lanier. Over the years several fishermen and rafters have died and there are 2 or 3 miles of annoying sirens below the dam to warn the stupid. The banks are 30 ft. high and scoured. It doesn’t take a genius to figure out by what means. There is no way an engineer could have reasonably expected the demolition and construction of bridges in this area could have been conducted from barges. This is ludicrous.

  6. Scott65 says:

    Seems Georgia War Chest…a conservative PAC based in GA is trying to get everyone to stand up and notice

    “The appearance of collusion by NBC with Obama Administration officials and Democratic activists to shape the news agenda.”

    Yeah…I’m sure Comcast is really happy with Obama, you know…Title II, and todays announcement on municipal fiber and all …I’m sure Comcast is thrilled.

    I’d think twice if you gave these lunatics any money

    • Noway says:

      Hey Scott! Hadn’t seen you in a long while it seems. Hope all has been well! I’ve been needing someone to fight with about the debt!

    • Will Durant says:

      They’re still in the demolition phase of rebuilding. The bat boy should probably start circulating his resume.

        • Will Durant says:

          His contract makes for a boat anchor suitable for a supertanker. Given his performance and the fact they have to pay him anyway maybe he should become the bat boy.

        • TheEiger says:

          BJ isn’t going anywhere. No one will pick up what is left on his contract and we already took a big payroll hit by kicking Uggla to the curb and paying him millions to walk (which we needed to do). With the trades they have made so far they have traded away 70 home runs a year for a few pitchers and minor league prospects. Hopefully we will have a decent team by the time they move to their new stadium. I’m scared about what this next season will look like.

          • John Konop says:

            The Braves were in a box with 2 very bad contracts….Uggla with one more year and BJ over the next 3 years….No matter what they did that weight on them made it very difficult….It looks like they are just waiving the flag until they no longer have close to 40 million a year tied up on 2 guys who barely hit their weight…. you will see the reinvestment once the Uggla fiasco is gone on FA…..and than they will get more aggressive once stadium opens, and have less years on BJ Upton contract…or they could hire the wizard Danny Ferry….

            That is why what Danny Ferry did with the Hawks was so amazing….he was in a similar situation and got rid of Johnson, Williams and Smith contracts….had that not happen this team would be more of the same….Best GM of any major sports team….Look at the hawks team every contract makes sense….business is fairly simple…buy bad and it is very difficult….buy right, good things happen….

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