By Obi's Sister

The Force, Southern Style.

Thanksgiving Can Be Fun Again

Like most folks of a certain age, Thanksgiving conjures happy memories of snoring, comatose adults on couches while the kid’s touch football game unfolds outside. After all, it’s not fun until somebody bleeds, right?

These days our betters want to commandeer our Thanksgiving mealtime conversations to topics they believe are more important. As if the day wasn’t already filled with loony relatives and burned casseroles.

Our buddy Ace comes to the rescue with the ultimate guide on how deal with the crazies. Read and enjoy. And comment on which strategy works for you.

Happy Thanksgiving to all!

Morning Reads for Friday, November 20, 2015

– UGA sororities speak against the Safe Campus Act.
The Eye of Sauron turns upon a Georgia Southern student.
– With these new toys, just watch. It won’t snow.
– Are we talking about the DOT or the Department of Revenue here? Hard to tell.

– “Earnings pressure” is finspeak for “hemorrhaging money.” Blame Obamacare.
– That’s some mighty thin skin there…
Happy New Year, early.
– Hear no briefing evil.
Lurch’s mouth is a diplomatic incident.

Random Everywhere:
Run away! Run away!
I knew it!

Morning Reads for Friday the Thirteenth, November Witch Edition

NAACP sues Hancock County over voter rolls.
Savannah ginger farmer makes Oprah’s Favorite Things list.
Georgia Veterans Hall of Fame adds fifteen inductees.
Atlanta’s 40 under 40.

– Does this make Hillary a Material Girl?
– Sounds like those Reidsville City Council meetings, doesn’t it?
– No, his name isn’t Oscar.
Follow the bouncing ball (this guy wins the internetz this week).

Random Everywhere:
The House that Julia Built.
Spook stuff.
– What is the November Witch?

Morning Reads for Friday, November 6, 2015

– Now really, who would have thought this would happen? (Bonus points – there’s Stefan’s bridge!)
Callaway Gardens closing historic sites.
– And not a single Peach Pundit contributor among them.
That was quick.

Pentagon farmed out its coding to … Russia? Fox in the hen house.
This sounds like a good idea.
What he said.
– And not a single Peach Pundit contributor among them.
– Is Obamacare really collapsing?

Random Everywhere:
– Ok, now that we’ve got transparent aluminum, when do we get the replicators?
Storm the Capitol!

Morning Reads for Friday, October 30, 2015


– How to spot a fake congressman.
– Hooking up Cobb and Cuba?
Columbus whistleblower sues.
Speed traps filling city coffers.

Then there were six. +/- four. Or five. Who’s counting?
– How’s that 15 minutes of fame working out for you?
– These are not the forward thinkers you are looking for.

Random Everywhere:
Inconvenient data.
– The latest game rage: Room Escape.
What’s next for Uber?
– A very important week in college football.

Morning Reads for Friday October 23, 2015

Friendship Baptist breaks ground.
– Take that, NY.
– Brunswick gets a lot of clams.

– Transcript of yesterday’s Benghazi hearing.
– Polls are for strippers and … what just happened? Now they all will go on a book tour.

Random Everywhere:
– Warm this.
This is not the bad guy you’re looking for.
– And if you’re the only one left on the planet who hasn’t seen it,
Read more

Morning Reads for Friday, October 16, 2015

– Will the former Fire Chief get a trial?
– How to not make The New York Times.
Funny business down in Reidsville.
– Despite tensions, Georgia choir tours Israel.

Ben Carson suspends campaign…wait…what?
– You knew it was too good to be true.
– These are not the nukes you’re looking for.
So many “gates,” so little time.

Random Everywhere:
– Put this on my Christmas list.
Lost cities found.

Morning Reads for Friday, October 2, 2015

– Heading to the UGA/Bama game? Be prepared for worse than usual traffic/parking challenges.
– About those streetcars…
A novel idea. Then you don’t have to worry about the racoon biting you after it starts your car. Except all the blood and stuff.
Two Georgia women make Top Banker’s list.

– The NYC City Council did what? At least they’re not Reidsville.
Lando’d again.
Grandma zaza is the bomb, but she’d probably be blocked from Bernie’s Twitter feed.
Oh my.

Random Everywhere, even Out There:
– Whose idea was this?
Feeling paranoid?
The Truth is Out There.

Morning Reads for Friday, September 25, 2015

PSA: Three months ’til Christmas! #PANIC

Herschel sculpture shaping up.
– Sure, why not.
Fat cat sighting at the Capitol.
– Sure, a new coat of paint fixes everything!

– The MAGIC question.
– Does this mean there will be a fire sale on BMW’s, too?
Give it a rest, sweetheart.
– Maybe it was too hot…

Random Everywhere:
Peak Media Embarrassment.
Pluto. (Not the dog.)
– See, you finally get to use some of that math you learnt in school.

Morning Reads for Friday, September 18, 2015

– GT is building and building some more.
Namin’ and shamin’.
The Bulloch House is making a comeback. (Can’t wait!)
– In other words, the traffic in South Fulton will be awful this weekend.

– Vote early, vote often. Who won the clown show?
Chile had a really big one.
– Of course, he’s going to run.
Shutdown Theater, the Sequel.

Random Everywhere:
34th Annual Savannah Jazz Festival, just shorter.
– A different slant on the latest GOP debate.

The Five Georgians Lost but Not Forgotten

Freedom TowerToday is the 14th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks by Islamic terrorists on American soil.

Rather than focus on all the noise and negativity, allow me a few moments of personal privilege.

My oldest goes to school in NY. One of my “bucket items” was to visit the 9/11 Memorial before she finished her studies and moved on to greener pastures. She made it happen this summer when I traveled back with her in the weeks before her semester began.

We got to the Memorial around 11am and it was already crowded and very hot/humid. I purposely found the four Georgians killed in the attack and their names. By the time I got to Mike, the tears were streaming down my face. My daughter was just a high school freshman that fateful day. She, and those younger, may never understand the violation we felt. Not just that day, but the next, and the years to come.

Never forget.

September 11, 2001 dawned as a beautiful autumn morning. Lightly crisp, brilliant blue sky. What many call a “Chamber of Commerce Day.”

At 7:59 am, American Airlines flight 11 departs Boston Logan bound for Los Angeles. It never made the destination. Instead, it crashed at 8:46 into the North Tower of the World Trade Center. At 10:28, the North Tower collapses, killing Michael Gann of Roswell. He was attending a conference and was due to return home that afternoon. Read more here.


Never forget.

At 8:14 am, United flight 175 departs Boston Logan bound for Los Angeles. It never made the destination. Instead, it crashed at 9:03 into the South Tower of the World Trade Center. At 9:59, the South Tower collapses, killing Harshad Thatte of Norcross and Maynard Spence, Jr of Douglasville.


Harshad and Maynard worked for the same company. Harshad’s Condolences page here (the Obit page is under maintenance.)

Maynard is remembered as caring man with an infectious laugh. Read more here.


Never forget.

At 8:20 am, American Airlines flight 77 departs Washington Dulles bound for Los Angeles. It never made the destination. Instead, it crashed at 9:37 into the Pentagon, killing Georgians Maj. Stephen Long and Maj. Wallace Cole Hogan at their posts. Read more about Stephen here. Cole had startling blue eyes. Read his story here.


Never forget.

At 8:41 am, American Airlines flight 93 departs Newark bound for San Francisco. It never made the destination. Instead, the heroic passengers and crew mounted an attack against the lunatics who hijacked the aircraft. It crashed near Shanksville, PA, taking 40 heroic souls and 4 terrorists with it. While none were Georgians, the 40 heroes who gave their lives are dear to our hearts. Read more here.

Never forget.

Never, ever forget.

[Post updated to include Maj. Wallace Hogan.]

Morning Reads for Friday, September 11, 2015

– It is with great happiness I note that UGA was omitted from this year’s Fulmer Cup.
– Election season really translates into traffic hell for all.
Walton County Sheriff Department in hot water.
The Eye of Sauron turns toward Airbnb.

– Taking “cooking the books” to the next level is not such a good thing.
Diarrhea of the mouth.
– The Iran Deal crap sandwich.
Wolf in sheep’s clothing.
– It’s for the children refugees.

Random Everywhere:
Jim Harbaugh’s pants, among other things.
– We’re surrounded by a society of victims.
– Oh, to be retired…!

Never Forget:
14 years ago the world changed.

Stay tuned for a 9/11 remembrance of lost Georgians.

Morning Reads for Friday, September 4, 2015

At noon on Saturday, balance returns to the galaxy.
At noon on Saturday, balance returns to the galaxy.

Check out #9.
Dax Lopez faces bumpy Senate confirmation.
– Are the Braves as bad as in ’88?
– I got your bridge, right here.
– GE & the ATL? Jobz!

– Well, this…
– Let there be caption contests!
Speech chilling in the Golden State.
– It’s just a piece of paper.
Fatigued, before it’s even started.

Random Everywhere:

– This gives an entirely new meaning to “bathroom reading.”
“Nothing more than a local derby…” Stephen Fry on college football. Priceless.
Nom Nom Nom on 9/19

Morning Reads for Friday, August 28, 2015

– Is Meagan movin’ on up? Keep a close eye on her.
– Who knew BigCorp was really SkyNet?
Armageddon is surely upon us.
– As if the Ol’Ball Coach doesn’t cause enough of a spectacle on his own…

Why is anyone surprised?
– Boys, boys, be civil now.
– Why is a hurricane one man’s fault? Is he some kind of level-50 weather wizard?
– Has Sparta been found?

Random Everywhere:
– Your handy-dandy family budget calculator.
If you like your doctor 401K, you can keep your doctor 401K.