April 4, 2018 8:48 AM HomePoliticsMorning Reads for a 50th Anniversary Morning Reads for a 50th Anniversary By edatlanta Politics 28 Comments What could have been accomplished had our state’s most honorable citizen had a few more years of service? What will happen when people begin forgetting the Civil Rights Era? “I Shall Be Released” by The Heptones WABE’s been doing yeoman’s work on the 50th anniversary of MLK’s assassination. Bells will ring from Stone Mountain today, fulfilling a small part of MLK’s dream. A reminder that MLK’s mother was also gunned down not long after her son. What it was like to be a reporter covering MLK’s death. Visiting the Lorraine Motel in 2018. Barack Obama and John Lewis discuss MLK’s legacy. State of Georgia will be a good employer and assist folks caught in Blue Cross dispute. It’s decision day for D’Marcus Simonds, an honorable mention for All-American honors. (He needs to stay one more year). Catch up with GA’s basketball player of the year and GSU commit Kavonte Ivery. Share this:TwitterFacebookTumblrRedditEmailPrint Related About Author edatlanta 28 Comments Dave Bearse Bolton as NSA increases the chance of a new 21st war to add to those already underway with no end in sight. 21st century wars fought by the poor that line the pockets of defense contractors are paid for by printing money, some of which is given to the rich. No sacrifice on the part of typical Americans. Diversifying into trade wars could be something that lightens many wallets and purses. We’ll need to print even more money and grow government to support Georgia peanut and other farmers if American agriculture is adversely affected. No worries though because it’s the free market, and “Trade wars are good, and easy to win”. April 4, 2018 9:12 AM Log in to Reply xdog ‘The battle of Smoot-Hawley’ is a good read from The Economist on the politics of the notorious trade act. My favorite factoid from the article concerns the Grundy tariff, after goper senator Joseph Grundy, who said that anyone who made campaign contributions was entitled to higher tariffs in return. https://www.economist.com/node/12798595 April 4, 2018 9:33 AM Log in to Reply Mr. Bear A while back, the Mrs. and I departed the hallowed halls of Piedmont Hospital and moved over to Emory. There were a number of reasons to do so, but one significant reason was because of the insurance carrier / hospital wars between Blue Cross and Piedmont. I had grown tired of being treated as a pawn in their battles. Ultimately, I came down on the side of Blue Cross since my monthly insurance rates are the result of the costs which my health care has incurred. Follow the money. In that sense, it was evident that Piedmont was preoccupied with maximizing the use of their facilities to the exclusion of other, less expensive vendors. Case in point: My primary care physician, a man that I respected and loved, had been sending me to Quest Diagnostics for blood work. The Quest office was in the old Sheffield Building (“off campus”) and had all the charm of a quickie oil change facility. But, on the other hand, it was less expensive, something which I noted because I have an HSA and was well aware of costs. After the Big War, my blood work was no longer done by one person at Quest but in a more expensive Piedmont facility. And involved making three stops at three different locations, staffed by three different people just get my blood drawn. So, going back to the last war, I was getting letters from both Blue Cross and from Piedmont trying to get me to get involved in their dispute on their behalf. A pox on both their houses, but, in the end, I side with Blue Cross since their motive is to control costs. It doesn’t help that Piedmont cut down all of the trees out in front of their facility on Peachtree. So much for respect toward the community. Bah. April 4, 2018 9:39 AM Log in to Reply Noway2016 I hear you, Bear. Blue Cross booted me off last fall when they did their metro Atlanta purge of individual policy holders. I now have Kaiser, actually thanks to a tip from Andrew. All of my docs and pharmacies are now Kennesaw. A real pain. Keep up a good attitude! April 4, 2018 9:53 AM Log in to Reply ScottNAtlanta I also switched from Piedmont to Emory, but not by choice. I had to change insurance when Humana left the exchanges. They were with Piedmont. It really sucks when you have a chronic condition (I have 2 no less). All of my doctors were with Piedmont Healthcare, and their use of “My Chart” made it so easy to coordinate care. I had to be hospitalized at Emory in august (I had food poisoning and went into septic shock) 2 days in ICU. I have to say that I got top notch care at Emory (and its really close to my house…I really can see it from my house…lol). At least the doctor I see most is on my new insurance (but for some reason doesnt have admitting privileges at Emory…only Piedmont). The other doctor I still see and pay out of pocket (I negotiated a rate with them) because he is the leading expert in PAH nationally. My current problem is I am due for a heart ultrasound and it has to be done at Emory…and I need to figure out how to get the test ordered without having to go to yet another doctor at Emory…the rules with insurance just dont make sense on so many levels April 4, 2018 10:48 AM Log in to Reply Noway2016 I have to confess that I have been in talks with Google. They’ve given ol’ Noway his own search algorithm. I type in “Good Guy with a Gun Shoots Maggot” and a veritable treasure trove of results are displayed. Enjoy! I’m so excited!! http://www.krqe.com/news/albuquerque-metro/police-homeowner-shoots-at-burglar-suspect/1098441574 April 4, 2018 9:45 AM Log in to Reply Andrew C. Pope Live look at the Planned Parenthood offices this morning, following Noway’s latest post: https://giphy.com/gifs/lil-wayne-make-it-rain-fat-joe-l41lFvtuqmey9QTAY April 4, 2018 9:55 AM Log in to Reply Noway2016 LOL! Minority Communities kinda wish you’d just break moldy statues, but hey, whatever you think is helpful. You’re the new Bill Gates! What an inspiration! I need a Kleenex… April 4, 2018 10:04 AM Log in to Reply Andrew C. Pope Dotty old white dude weighs in on “Minority Communities.” In less than 24 hours he’s now donated $35 to Planned Parenthood despite being staunchly “pro-life.” April 4, 2018 10:18 AM Log in to Reply Noway2016 But I thought they did mostly mammograms? Thanks for being truthful about their true mission! $35.00? I’m sure that’s nothing compared to your real yearly tithe… April 4, 2018 10:22 AM Andrew C. Pope Lordy! Lordy! Look that’s 40. April 4, 2018 10:25 AM chefdavid Is that Dade’s County Executive talking about the next TSPLOST vote if it passes. Even though we voted it down just a few months ago. April 4, 2018 2:32 PM Log in to Reply Ellynn Like we don’t have enough issues in the state to fight over, lets add more… http://www.savannahnow.com/news/20180403/anti-offshore-drilling-measures-fail-but-coastal-georgia-lawmakers-vow-to-keep-trying April 4, 2018 10:14 AM Log in to Reply Noway2016 LOL! https://static.infowars.com/politicalsidebarimage/voted-hillary_large.jpg April 4, 2018 10:36 AM Log in to Reply Andrew C. Pope $45 Also, can’t believe you’re still reading Alex Jones: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/17/us/alex-jones-chobani-lawsuit.html Oh, wait. I totally can believe that. April 4, 2018 10:38 AM Log in to Reply Ellynn Items 1 -33 will hurt the Ag production in the country. China is the largest buyer of soy and second largest of wheat. The last item on the list will hurt Georgia. Chinese corporations buy a large number of Gulfstreams. The https://www.cnbc.com/2018/04/04/the-full-list-of-us-products-that-china-is-planning-to-hit-with-tariffs.html April 4, 2018 10:46 AM Log in to Reply Ellynn Great map in the article of all the soy bean elevators in the country – in case you were wondering how big a deal this will most likely be. https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-04-04/midwest-farmers-have-trump-to-thank-for-their-latest-export-woes April 4, 2018 1:01 PM Log in to Reply Dave Bearse I like maps. Iowa is ground zero, and Ohio has a great numbers of elevators. Farmers will notice that they will be charged more than one-half-percentage point more than they did last year for loans. has the April 4, 2018 9:14 PM Log in to Reply Andrew C. Pope But trade wars are easy to win! April 4, 2018 1:41 PM Log in to Reply downthemiddle Noway, now I know who is snorting condoms…not sure, why but it fits! My side is hurting from laughing! At least they know about history, the 2nd amendment and the glories of socialism. April 4, 2018 11:22 AM Log in to Reply Noway2016 I think the resemblance to Snivler is striking! April 4, 2018 11:53 AM Log in to Reply Andrew C. Pope $50. Can’t believe we’re already at $50. Who knew Noway was such a proud supporter of Planned Parenthood. April 4, 2018 1:38 PM Log in to Reply Noway2016 LOL! Hey, Rain Man, forgot to ask, with your new little version of Peek a Boo you’ve got going on…did you ever turn in your guns? You know, in support of Hogg? Now, go have another bag of Cheetos and be careful you don’t hold that match too closely… April 4, 2018 2:15 PM Log in to Reply Andrew C. Pope $55. Not sure why I’d need to turn in my guns. I don’t own an AR-15 because I’m secure in my manhood and actually enjoy eating the meat of the animals I hunt. I’m not aware of the Parkland students saying we should ban hunting or ban all firearms. Then again, I don’t get my news filtered to me through morons like Alex Jones and Sean Hannity, so I’m not privy to all these wonderful straw men who are calling for complete firearm bans. April 4, 2018 2:38 PM chamblee54 I get fundraising emails from Karen Handel. She voted for the tax cut last year. Her message today: Our budget process is broken, and I believe the first step in fixing this problem is passing a Balanced Budget Amendment. You can’t make this up. April 4, 2018 12:20 PM Log in to Reply Andrew C. Pope “You can’t make this up.” A disingenuous individual behaves disingenuously. I think it’s pretty easy to make that up. April 4, 2018 1:38 PM Log in to Reply downthemiddle Looks like Noway will have Pope funding Planned Parenthood before long and they won’t need our tax money! A neighbor’s granny used to say to us kids when we were squabbling, “Y’all need to play perty”! I think they need to have an Obama beer summit or something…Noway can bring the beer and Pope the Cheetos. April 4, 2018 10:32 PM Log in to Reply Noway2016 Erick has a good Chick Filet story today! Worth the read! https://www.themaven.net/theresurgent/contributors/what-is-behind-chick-fil-a-s-enormous-success-CPP_ZEFH_0u9tiWA1v29Yw/?mc_cid=e543d39d0f&mc_eid=6200bf8d1a&full=1 April 5, 2018 9:16 AM Log in to Reply Add a Comment Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.