Morning Reads for National Chocolate Covered Anything Day (December 16)

Good morning, and happy National Chocolate Covered Anything Day! Oh, yes, I will absolutely be observing today’s fun holiday, probably with a York Peppermint Patty after lunch. Yum.

It’s also the anniversary of the Boston Tea Party, which happened on December 16, 1773. The Sons of Liberty dressed as Mohawks dumping the contents of 342 tea chests into the Boston Harbor, and today Americans recall the incident favorably. However, it wasn’t exactly celebrated by the colonists when it happened. Of course I have links for y’all to expand on that and other aspects of the event: 1, 2, and 3! (Like you had to ask…) Also, if you’ve ever wondered about the taste of the teas dumped overboard, you can buy them for yourself from Oliver Pluff & Company over in Charleston.

Now, let’s get on to the news.

Pat Conroy

  • Ryan Anderson has up and running for the runoff election.
  • Public health facilities in Savannah and Brunswick became the first in the state to receive and administer the Pfizer COVID vaccine.
  • Getting the COVID vaccine to Georgia’s rural counties is going to be challenging to say the least. (Alternate link.)
  • Barry Loudermilk has COVID. (Alternate link.)
  • Fifty-eight percent of Georgians with children surveyed recently worry about eviction or foreclosure – the highest percentage in the country. The same survey found that we have the second-highest percentage of uninsured adults with children in their households.
  • Wall Street billionaires are sending lots of money to David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler in their bids to retain their Senate seats.
  • This is good for Perdue and Loeffler because most of the money Trump is raising off of the runoff goes to himself, and none of it goes to the candidates’ campaigns.
  • Raphael Warnock’s ads with his dog aren’t just cute; they’re also countering racial stereotypes.
  • The AJC has fact-checked Warnock’s claim that Loeffler is the one who has voted to defund the police: True. (Alternate link.)
  • Brad Raffensperger has had enough, thank you:

Alice Walker

Flannery O’Connor

  • A Santa and Mrs. Claus in Long County may have given children a very unwanted gift – COVID exposure.
  • On a better note, an Australian woman rescuing her dog, Hazel, from sea foam was caught on camera by a meteorologists’ crew as they prepared to go on air.
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