Morning Reads – Thursday August 31, 2017

On this date in 1992, former Georgia Congressman Charles Weltner passed away. He was an Atlanta lawyer and a vocal opponent of racial violence following the 1954 Brown v. Board of Education ruling. He was eelcted to serve in Georgia’s 5th congressional district in 1962 and was the first white Southern politican to condemn the 1963 Birmingham church bombings. He also resigned from Congress and distanced himself from the Georgia Democratic Party when it was demanded he support Lester Maddox for Governor. He also spent time on the Georgia Supreme Court and earned a John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage award.

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Saltycracker
Saltycracker

Confederate debate: There may be some guidance in the National Historic Preservation Act and amendments like the private, non-profit trusts for historic lighthouses.

This along with appropriate national and state parks and museums can preserve history when places of governance are political (temporary) showcases. The current CSA storm is a diversion from the important matters that impact all our lives and too many legislators find cover in it.

Get these statues to a safe place.

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

From Bill Torpy’s Sunday column on Confederate monuments of a couple of weeks ago:

“I think of the soldiers and their leaders differently.” – James Parham
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“I call [removing the Stone Mountain carving] an appeasement-oriented effort instead of one achieving justice.” – Terrance Pickney

Saltycracker
Saltycracker

The AJC’s former beloved past editor Joel Chandler Harris served his apprenticeship on a plantation and gave us Uncle Remus and Brer Rabbit. Disney gave us Song of the South (disclaimer, I have visited the Uncle Remus Museum and the Harris house and have the movie CD, and sing the songs in the shower).

These works are now vilified as fake info….sometimes, the AJC deserves it. Uncle Remus and Brer Rabbit do not.

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

I’d recommend visiting Harris’ home in the West End, the Wren’s Nest, to anyone that loves history or old homes, and there’s a copy of “The Favorite Uncle Remus” on the coffee table in my living room.

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

Republicans Will Let America Burn While Holding Out for Tax Cuts The core principle of the GOP is to make the rich richer, and that’s more important to its congressional leaders than any U.S. institution . http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/features/gop-will-let-america-burn-while-holding-out-for-tax-cuts-w500163 . “Ryan is in a better position as Speaker of the House to do something to rein in Trump than anyone in the country. If it bothers him that the president surrounds himself with white supremacists, attempts to convince key senators to obstruct the Russia investigation to his benefit and pardons a guy with a truly horrific record of using the Fourth Amendment… Read more »

Ellynn
Ellynn

What happens when you have a city with no zoning restrictions (you can build a school, a 60 floor skyscraper, and a hazardous chemical plant in the same city block), few to no regulations, no major environmental standards, the least restrictive set of building and fire codes in the country, that lives almost completely on cars to get from point A to B, and huge amounts of private capital for lots of cheap to build/ high profit return development to spread out everywhere? https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2017-08-31/a-hard-rain-and-a-hard-lesson-for-houston . The majority of this damage is flood related, which the US government underwrites policy providers… Read more »

Saltycracker
Saltycracker

Brer Rabbit sez “please don’t throw me in the briar patch” Politicians say “elect me and I’ll drain the swamp” We did and it turns out the elected love the swamp. Pogo was right “we have met the enemy…..” Due to the obama-nation the Republic put the GOP in place to fulfill a promise to fix healthcare, tax codes, immigration, international relations/trade, defense, infrastructure, compliancy to our laws, deleverage the national debt and reshape a government for the future. The elections drove confidence and capitalists bet heavily on America reflected by a market with the highest future PE ratio in… Read more »

Ellynn
Ellynn

I don’t know if we need to get you a some Scotch or anti- depressants. You need to switch from southern lit or you’re going to start quoting Tennessee Williams, and not the good lines either. Maybe you need something European Like Hans Christian Anderson…
https://www.amazon.com/Emperors-Clothes-Illustrated-Christian-Andersen-ebook/dp/B00ACN49C0/ref=pd_sim_351_1?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=JGM6K5BDP3FK1RCETKHV

ScottNAtlanta
ScottNAtlanta

As long as he isnt quoting Faulkner…that would be the last straw (and very long and boring)

chamblee54
chamblee54

https://chamblee54.wordpress.com/2017/08/31/cake-news/ Did channel two really need to broadcast that video of the Cobb County officer? Is that going to make Georgia a better place to live? Or, maybe it will just give people their dose of outrage for the day, until something else comes along.

Noway2016
Noway2016

Couldn’t agree more. Much like the Race Grievance industry bellowing fake outrage over the Confederate monuments. How has anyone gotten a better life as a redult? Has academic achievement spiked? Have unemployment rates dropped? Nope…

Ellynn
Ellynn

Unemployment is down nation wide by .4 % in the last 6 months. (Pesky things facts.)

Ihttps://data.bls.gov/timeseries/LNS14000000

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

Yeah, that’s real news, not Obama administration lies.

Noway2016
Noway2016

Is your stat .4 percent of 1 percent or 4.0 percent?

Ellynn
Ellynn

Lets do the math together.
Unemployment in Feb ’17 was 4.7%, (first month of POTUS 45) July ’17 is 4.3%, (last statistic on file as of yesterday).
4.7% -4.3% = 0.4%
Today we got the Aug ’14 number which is 4.4%, so we are now at a gain of 0.3% under POTUS 45. I except that September will go u go to claims in Texas in the next few weeks.
https://data.bls.gov/timeseries/LNS14000000

Ellynn
Ellynn
Noway2016
Ellynn
Ellynn

I have an idea, let’s rename the military fort General Benedict Arnold was going to handing over to the British before he was caught, and call it even. Whatcha you think?

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

I mean, maybe we should name our military facilities after commanders that didn’t suck at the whole “winning wars” thing? Certainly we wouldn’t expect UGA to stick Ray Goff’s name on Sanford Stadium? Why should we celebrate other famous losers by sticking their names on military installations.

Shoot, Gordon never even served in the US Army or Navy. Not did Benning, for that matter. Their only “qualifications” at the time were having a lot of money and being super racist.

Ellynn
Ellynn

Does the President’s other sheriff know he can’t issue out pardons on local and state charges? Or Civil cases?
http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/08/31/milwaukee-sheriff-david-clarke-resigns.html