Its that time of year when we glorify the highest-paid person on campus who is neither a university administrator, researcher, professor or academic; we as adults pin all our hopes and dreams on the athletic achievement of boys; indelibly link ourselves to institutions that we likely have no actual connection with and happily feed a multi-billion dollar “amateur” spectacle.
Yes it is college football season once again!
And what finer way to celebrate that by proving your superiority to fellow Peach Punditeers in the annual Peach Pundit College Football Pick ‘Em Tournament?
The system for ESPN seems to have changed because I couldn’t find last year’s group but no matter! Here is the group homepage. If that doesn’t work, search for Group ID 40659, “PP Supports Ga State” using the password “Go Panthers.”
Prizes will be awarded!
Louis Elrod, a Habersham County native and now Atlanta resident, was elected president of the Young Democrats of America on Saturday.
His victory will also give Georgia a greater role in selecting the Democratic Presidential nominee next year. By virtue of being YDA President, Elrod will be a Superdelegate. If my math is correct, Georgia could have as many as 12 Superdelegates at the 2016 Democratic National Convention.
Elrod is the second Georgian to serve as president of YDA.
At a press conference on Thursday at the Carter Center, former U.S. President Jimmy Carter says his doctors found four “very small spots” of melanoma in his brain. Carter will begin radiation treatment later today.
From the New York Times:
He added that he would reduce his schedule “fairly dramatically.”
“I can’t really anticipate how I’ll be feeling, obviously,” he said. “I’ll have to defer quite substantially to my doctors.”
“I’m perfectly at ease with whatever comes,” said Mr. Carter, who noted that, when he first learned that the cancer was in his brain, he believed he “had just a few weeks left.” His life, he said, is in God’s hands.
But Mr. Carter will instead embark on a treatment course that doctors hope will stretch for several months.
On Aug. 12, Carter announced he had been diagnosed with cancer.
There’s only one Smyrna City Council member who truly lives up to the ethos of being a workhorse, not a showhorse and that’s our own Teri.
According to Facebook, today is her birthday so wish her a festive time on this her day of jollification.
PS: In honor of Teri’s birthday I did a YouTube search for “Tulane Football Greatest Moments” and the top result was this video from Memphis’ 62-20 victory over the Green Wave at the Superdome in 1992. Interestingly enough, that might also be one of the better moments for Tulane football.
Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter had some rather harsh words for our current electoral system last week.
Speaking on the Thom Hartmann Program, Carter said the United States is “now just an oligarchy with unlimited political bribery being the essence of getting the nominations for president.”
The thing is, I don’t believe he is entirely wrong in spirit. Maybe he takes it a bit too far but I find it at best, terribly unconvincing that political donations are equivalent to speech and that they don’t create an unfair system of unfettered access for the few who can afford to donate over those who can’t.
For those who don’t agree with me just ask yourself if there’s any other time where you can purchase “speech”. And if Joe Q. Public called Senator Isakson’s office asking for a 15-minute sitdown out of the blue, do you think he would get it? But what of Mr. Robert S. Taubman? He of that delightful Georgia hamlet of Bloomfield Hills, Michigan?
The most obvious example of favor trading in presidential elections can be seen with ambassadorships. Despite several of the world’s best schools for international relations churning out a fresh new diplomatic corps every year, wealthy donors often get some of the most plum assignments. And donors make their interests known to candidates ahead of time. Read more
It’s Friday so let’s focus on the big issues: congressmen cuddling with puppies.
Thursday was apparently ASPCA day on the Hill and I’m sure our congresscritters were pawing each other out of the way to get in on the action. Rep. Lewis was one of them.
With that in mind: OPEN THREAD!
Cong. David Scott says the recently-negotiated Iran nuclear deal will allow the country to secure a nuclear weapon.
Scott made the comments to WABE on Monday, saying:
“It’s a good deal for Iran, for Russia, China and probably Hezbollah, but is it not, definitely not a good deal for Israel or for the United States or our allies – especially Jordan and Saudi Arabia…
“Under this agreement … it allows for Iran to get a nuclear bomb. In essence it sort of permits it too, within the agreement, without Iran having to cheat at all.”
Scott said when nuclear negotiations with Iran first started, all the nations involved – including the United Nations and NATO – agreed that under no circumstances would Iran acquire a nuclear weapon or the capacity to build one.
“This agreement allows them to do that,” Scott said.
Scott’s comments are a direct contradiction to those of former U.S. President Jimmy Carter.
Former President Jimmy Carter says the Iran deal is a good one and on this, at least, we can trust the Iranians.
Speaking with WABE on Wednesday Carter gave Secretary of State John Kerry high marks:
“I have complete confidence in John Kerry and his ability as a negotiator,” Carter said to [WABE’s Dennis] O’Hayer.
“I‘ve known him for 30 years … He’s one of the finest secretaries of state we’ve ever had.”
The humanitarian said he doesn’t have any doubts that there are adequate safeguards built into the nuclear agreement to ensure Iran sticks to its end of the deal. And he said he believes the Iranians will abide by it.
“They’ve lived up to things in which I’ve negotiated with them. … They kept their agreement completely when it was made.”
Carter was originally supposed to discuss his 30th (!) book, and what I would assume is memoir number five or six.
Dekalb County’s suspended (and you’d have to assume soon-to-be-ex) CEO Burrell Ellis was sentenced to five years in prison and to serve 18 months, according to WSB.
Ellis was found guilty of perjury and attempted theft in the largest corruption case in Georgia history.