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Mary-Pat Hector speaks to a potential voter. (Photo from Facebook)

Stonecrest candidate pushes political youth movement

3:47 pm Feb. 21, 2017

Ask anyone whose hair has turned all-gray well before its time and they will tell you “age doesn’t matter.”

They are wrong. At least when it comes to trying to beat your nephews at basketball.

Or elections.

The Constitution says the president has to be at least 35. The last time we voted, the only two presidential candidates with a chance to win were eligible for Medicare.

Our president is the oldest person elected

Elon Musk with the SpaceX Dragon capsule in April 2012. (Brian van der Brug/Los Angeles Times/TNS)

Humans should become cyborgs, says billionaire Elon Musk

12:56 pm Feb. 14, 2017

“Elon Musk” sounds like cheap cologne, but it’s actually the name of a billionaire CEO who says people should become cyborgs to remain useful.

Since this article is mostly read by humans, many who haven’t even watched every episode of Star Trek, I feel compelled to explain cyborgs.

According to George Lucas and other experts, cyborgs are a blend of robots and people — humans fused with computerized and mechanical parts.

Atlanta's most unloved cake looks a little deflated. (Photo by A. Salzerella)

Riding the Atlanta sports fan pain train

11:01 am Feb. 7, 2017

Never ask an Atlanta Falcon to give you change for a dollar. They’ll only give you three quarters.

Jokes celebrating Atlanta’s misery were flying on social media like ravenous birds of prey as soon as the Patriots won the big game.

That’s OK. I’ve been a fan of Georgia teams my whole life. I’ve ridden the emotional roller coaster so often I no longer bother strapping myself in.

I’ve been a Falcons fans

The Wanderer Monument on Jekyll Island. (Photo by me)

America’s last slave ship landed in Georgia

2:09 pm Jan. 31, 2017

History is full of things some would rather not talk about.

Like slavery.

If history is full of terrible things, it’s practically overflowing with terrible people.

One such person was Charles Augustus Lafayette Lamar, from Savannah.

In the late 1850s, Lamar joined forces with another awful human being, Charleston ship captain William C. Corrie, to import slaves from Africa, according to historical documents.

Federal law had prohibited importing slaves since 1808, but laws do

President Donald Trump, right, and his son Barron react as they view the 58th Presidential Inauguration parade for President Donald Trump in Washington. Friday, Jan. 20, 2017 (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

For comics, it’s open season on Barron Trump

12:46 pm Jan. 24, 2017

Mocking politicians is a time-honored tradition.

Mocking the children of politicians? Not so much.

Take it from me, certain topics don’t lend themselves to easy chuckles. Jokes can poke fun at many things but it’s difficult to write a zinger lampooning innocent victims.

When I was growing up, we only got one or two channels on what I now consider a really small TV. Johnny Carson would come on late at night and

In a Sunday, Jan. 15, 2017 photo, A person dressed as Donald Trump waves before a rally for health care at Macomb Community College in Warren, Mich. Thousands of people showed up in freezing temperatures on Sunday in Michigan to hear Sanders denounce Republican efforts to repeal President Barack Obama's health care law, one of dozens of rallies Democrats staged across the country to highlight opposition.  (Robin Buckson/The Detroit News via AP)

World may end Friday, media almost reports

12:07 pm Jan. 17, 2017

Georgians are tough. It’s still early in 2017 but we’ve already survived a winter blast, the Seattle Seahawks and the return of hundreds of politicians and lobbyists to the state capitol.

According to my Facebook feed we’re going to have to get even tougher.

President Obama is leaving office at 9 a.m. Friday and, from what I’ve read, you’d think the Apocalypse is upon us.

One friend posted our next president will be a “total

The Gold Dome of Georgia's Capitol.   BOB ANDRES  / BANDRES@AJC.COM

Getting creative with Georgia taxes

1:30 pm Jan. 10, 2017

With the Georgia Legislature back in session, new laws that will greatly improve the lives of every Georgian are now being discussed intelligently by the caring folks we elected into office.

Or maybe not.

I have a theory that most new laws are crafted to divert money from the people to politicians.

Those in charge don’t like the word “tax” — it gives opponents too much ammo come reelection time — but they have

December 28, 2016 - Fulton County -  This Citgo gas station on Campbellton Road added cameras and a security guard to combat crime. Reports of car jackings and other crimes are up in South Fulton at gas stations. BOB ANDRES  /BANDRES@AJC.COM

Slide into 2017 without losing your car to thieves

1:35 pm Jan. 3, 2017

Atlanta has a problem with “sliders” and I’m not talking about small, delicious sandwiches.

Sliders are thieves who slide up alongside a car getting fuel at a convenience store gas station and steal whatever they can. Sometimes the crooks take off with a purse or an iPad.

Sometimes they drive off with the whole car.

I’ve never been a victim, but I’ve seen it happen. I was sitting at a red light in

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New Year’s resolutions for other people

12:07 pm Dec. 27, 2016

I once had a boss who said all journalists work in “paragraph factories.”

It wasn’t the first time I had run into someone delusional, but it was the first time I’d met anyone so unfamiliar with real work.

The same fellow also told me “grits” is a singular noun and the headline “Grits are good” is grammatically incorrect.

Fearing an uprising of the south Georgia populace, we both moved north after the “Grits is good” headline

If you don't get everything you asked for this Christmas remember that Mr. and Mrs. Claus had time to appear in multiple parades this holiday season. (STEVE SCHAEFER / SPECIAL TO THE AJC)

News to Me: An Atlanta shopping list for Santa

2:04 pm Dec. 20, 2016

Wednesday’s the first day of winter, and, if you’re a true Southerner, you’re ready for it to be over already.

Some people like cold weather. The fashion potential of “sweater season” excites them.

I prefer T-shirt season and driving on stuff that’s not ice.

The best things about winter are I don’t have to mow my lawn and my neighbor’s dilapidated pool no longer spews mosquitoes.

Many of my friends want 2016 to be over too. It’s been