Interesting news breaking on the Internet from the AJC

TSA promises more aggressive airport pat-downs

12:45 pm Mar. 7, 2017

If being frisked by a stranger makes you frisky, I’ve got some good news.

The Transportation Security Administration is warning police departments that more aggressive pat-down procedures may result in increased complaints from airline passengers.

The more invasive screenings have already started. They are needed, the federal agency says, to “reduce the cognitive burden” on its employees.

I guess hiring smarter employees wasn’t an option.

The more physical search, for those passengers “randomly”

Earthlings botch naming of potentially habitable planets

12:07 pm Feb. 28, 2017

As any graduate of the Electoral College will tell you, the public cannot be trusted.

When the U.K. needed help naming a new $287 million polar research ship, the masses voted for “Boaty McBoatface.”

Someone who wears a suit and a frown to work decided to override the public will and name it the “RRS Sir David Attenborough.”

The Internet’s hive mind then floated the idea that Attenborough, a famous naturalist,

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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