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Democracies abandon hosting of 2022 Olympics

  • 6:04 pm Thursday, October 2nd, 2014 by George Mathis
Good times in the ATL (AJC file photo)

Atlanta hosted the Summer Olympics less than 20 years ago.

Long before and after the Sept. 18, 1990, announcement awarding Atlanta the 1996 Olympic Games, it was stressed that hosting the global sporting competition would provide the city permanent benefits.

Turner Field, originally built as Centennial Olympic Stadium, will be abandoned by the Atlanta Braves in 2016. It may be destroyed soon afterwards.

Along with Centennial Olympic Park downtown, the baseball stadium is among the last vestiges of games.

Were the games worth it? I think most in Atlanta would say yes.

Centennial Olympic Park helped spur nearby development. The Georgia Aquarium, the World [More]

Iraq drops food, ammo on terrorists

  • 4:26 pm Wednesday, October 1st, 2014 by George Mathis
The battlefield in Iraq features the flags of two non-nations. The black Islamic State flag (left) and the Kurds (right). (AP Photo)

“War is hell,” said Union General William Tecumseh Sherman.

I’m not sure what Sherman would have said if he had been forced to go to war alongside a military as incompetent as Iraq’s.

NBC News reports the Iraqi air force, which is supposed to be helping defend its country against Islamic State militants, mistakenly dropped food, ammunition and other supplies on enemy soldiers.

The supplies were used to kill “besieged Iraqi army officers and soldiers who had been fighting Islamist extremists for a week.”

“[We] helped ISIS fighters to kill our soldiers,” said a member of Iraq’s parliament.

The mistake was corroborated by a [More]

Professor claims U.S. behind Ebola outbreak

  • 6:42 pm Tuesday, September 30th, 2014 by George Mathis
cyril broderick

College is full of wacky characters, and they aren’t all students.

Delaware State University professor Cyril Broderick, who teaches agriculture, wrote a letter to a Liberian newspaper alleging the U.S. military and pharmaceutical companies created Ebola and are intentionally spreading the deadly disease in Africa.

Broderick’s rambling letter is the most popular link on the newspaper’s website.

In the letter, the academic cites numerous dubious sources, including a novel.

“The U. S., Canada, France, and the U. K. are all implicated in the detestable and devilish deeds that these Ebola tests are,” writes Broderick in the letter The Washington Post [More]

Weather-prognosticating groundhog killed by mayor?

  • 12:19 pm Thursday, September 25th, 2014 by George Mathis
The tragic end of Staten Island Chuck ... errr ... Charlotte. (AP Photo)

New York has many rodents, including some that make a pretty penny on Wall Street, but none are as famous as the weather-prognosticating groundhog at the Staten Island Zoo.

Every Feb. 2, the mayor or some other newshog poses with ‘Staten Island Chuck,’ the zoo’s groundhog, as the sedentary mammal predicts an early or late spring.

This year, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio dropped Chuck about 6 feet and the animal died Feb. 9 of internal injuries, claims The New York Post.

The Post, usually a calm voice of reason in tragic times, says de Blasio ‘has groundhog blood on his [More]

Georgia-built F-22 finally used in combat

  • 12:26 pm Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014 by George Mathis
The world's most-advanced military aircraft has been out of production for four years. In this 2007 photo, two F-22 Raptors fly off the coast of Florida. (AP Photo/US Air Force, Thomas Meneguin)

While you slept, the Georgia-built F-22 Raptor, the most expensive fighter plane of all time, finally saw combat.

The F-22, assembled by Lockheed in Marietta, has had a troubled history, largely due to its price tag. Almost 200 of the planes, allegedly the most advanced air-superiority aircraft in the world, were built at a cost of $67 billion.

Curiously, the plane was first used in combat three years after its 16-year production run (1996-2011) ended.


TV reporter quits with on-air profanity

  • 1:15 pm Monday, September 22nd, 2014 by George Mathis
Charlo Greene's image was quickly removed from KTVA's website. (

Anyone who has ever had a job has thought about quitting in a blaze of glory.

TV reporter Charlo Greene, a reporter at CBS affiliate KTVA in Anchorage, Alaska, actually went through with the plan.

While reporting on a medical marijuana business, Greene told viewers she owned the business and was quitting TV news to dedicate her life to legalizing marijuana.

She managed to drop an F-bomb before a producer could pull the plug on the live shot gone horribly awry.

“[BLEEP] it, I quit,” said Greene in what surely will be her last on-air appearance.

The confused news anchor offered a fumbling apology [More]

Leopard eats 13 walking home from bar

  • 2:12 pm Monday, September 15th, 2014 by George Mathis

The worst thing that ever happened to me as I walked home from a bar in Atlanta was finding a couple actively engaged in romance on my front lawn.

I ignored them and went inside.

No one died.

India is nothing like Los Angeles Avenue.

There, it is reported at least 13 have been killed by a man-eating leopard who has developed a taste for besotted human flesh.

An International Business News reporter says the big cat has “targeted drinkers” and preyed upon 13 “sozzled victims” in a rural area in the foothills of the Himalayas.

Villagers are now carrying sticks with them when they [More]

Man visits ex-wife, rescues sex slave

  • 6:26 pm Thursday, September 11th, 2014 by George Mathis
Ricky Roy House Jr. and Kendra Tooley. (Image from article)

In Atlanta, an estimated 200 girls are sold as sex slaves each month, but the darkness that fuels the sex trafficking industry can be found everywhere.

Today I ran across two stories in the Indianapolis Star that prove that sad point.

In the first, a man was visiting his ex-wife and her boyfriend, which doesn’t sound like a good idea. Turns out he was able to play the role of hero when he rescued a caged woman being held as a sex slave.

The man, Ronald Higgs, should have known something was awry when his ex-wife’s trailer had no running water or [More]

EBT cards can be used at marijuana shops

  • 1:53 pm Wednesday, September 10th, 2014 by George Mathis
The weed is being freed in some states by people using EBT cards. (Dan Honda/Bay Area News Group/MCT)

Most Americans think marijuana should be legalized.

There’s no poll on this but I think most of those same Americans would think marijuana should not be purchased with welfare funds.

But, that can happen in states that have legalized marijuana, according to a story on The Washington Times website.

An Alabama Republican, Sen. Jeff Sessions, is eager to close the “welfare-for-weed” loophole, he said Tuesday.

Sessions said the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services told him EBT cards, the debit cards used by those eligible for food stamps and cash assistance, can be used at legal marijuana shops.

The secretary [More]

Motorcycle stolen moments after fatal crash

  • 4:57 pm Tuesday, September 9th, 2014 by George Mathis

What will be the last thing you see before you die?

Hopefully, it will be something nice like a loved one holding your hand or the Braves winning the World Series.

For a Detroit motorcyclist who died after striking a car at high speed, his last vision may have been of someone stealing his ride.

Channel 4 in Detroit has video of the crash involving a car turning left in front of a speeding motorcycle.

After impact, the motorcycle and its driver slid about a block down the street, the reporter says. Within minutes, someone hopped on the motorcycle and rode away.

The thief [More]

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