Georgia full of guns and mosquitoes

#FAIL (AJC photo by Ben Gray)

#FAIL (AJC photo by Ben Gray)

News tidbits for April 4, 2013:

  • Atlanta is the third “roachiest” city in America, according to Orkin, which probably knows a thing or two about bugs. OK, they never used the word “roachiest” but they should have. Chicago, surprisingly, had the most pest control treatments for four kinds of pests, ants, rodents, spiders and bed bugs. Atlanta’s most troublesome bug was mosquitoes. Los Angeles, No. 2, was actually the “roachiest.”
  • North Korea is threatening a nuclear attack on the United States, which sounds scarier that it probably is. Why are they upset? Maybe because the hacker group Anonymous hacked the country’s official Twitter and Flickr accounts? The hackers are said to have posted a pic of Kim Jong Un with a pig nose and a drawing of Mickey Mouse (his fave!) on his chest. The text read “Threatening world peace with ICBMs and Nuclear weapons/Wasting money while his people starve to death.”
  • Georgia is ranked 10th in gun violence, according to a new study by the Center for American Progress. Since Georgia is the 8th most populous state, the 10th ranking does not surprise me. The full study says Georgia has the 3rd highest armed robbery rate in the U.S., almost double the national average, and twice as many Georgians (11,591) were killed by guns between 2001 and 2010 than were killed in combat in Iraq and Afghanistan (5,187).
  • The Carnival Triumph cruise ship, which famously floated adrift in the Gulf of Mexico for days without power or working toilets, broke loose of its moorings during an Alabama windstorm Wednesday and crunched into a cargo ship. A shipyard worker is still missing after the storm.
  • A Cobb County man accused of beating an infant, perhaps causing it to go blind, faces up to 80 years in prison, which sounds like a light sentence. According to his public Facebook page, the tattoo-faced man worked at the Department of Defense as a clerk, studied at a bible college, knows Aramaic, Latin and Hebrew and lives in the Netherlands. His favorite quote is “Hate the game, not the Man thats [sic] kicking your [expletive] at the game.” His Facebook handle is “SOLITUDE.” He may get plenty of that.
  • If you drove to work in the rain this morning, you were probably reminded some people in this town should have their licenses revoked. Unfortunately, many of those people probably don’t have licenses. Just like this driver, who drove off the MLK Jr. Drive bridge downtown and fell 50 feet to the ground below. How does that happen? Police are still trying to figure that epic fail out. You can see the pictures here.
  • Going bald is bad enough, but now a study alleges men with “thinning hair” are also more likely to have heart problems. Younger men losing hair should “focus on improving their lifestyle to ensure they keep their heart healthy,” doctors said. Other experts said “hair loss may be out of your control …. but stopping smoking, maintaining a healthy weight and being active” is not.
  • The winner of a $338 million Powerball jackpot is paying the rent of everyone who lives on his block in New Jersey “for a month or two.” He’s also paying the $29,000 in child support he owes.
  • The Braves might be pretty good this year. So good the governor of Tennessee jokingly says he will trade a river full of water for the team, or maybe Sea Island. A Chattanooga Times Free Press poll suggests residents of that overwatered state would rather have high-speed rail (24 percent) to Atlanta than a quality baseball team (17 percent). Of course 30% say we can “never have” their water.

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chick magnet

April 4th, 2013
8:13 am

I’ve always feared that war could start on the internet. Jung-un’s outrage at hackers has been felt by all of us, especially when we suspected that we’ve been personally targeted by someone we can’t stand, or are fearful of. So we all know that it is possible that Jung-un might lash out in a fevered rage and push the button that starts Armaggedon. There’s something about a hacker-troll that infuriates all of us and Jung-un is only human.


April 4th, 2013
8:16 am

Georgia has the 3rd highest armed robbery rate in the U.S., almost double the national average, and twice as many Georgians (11,591) were killed by guns between 2001 and 2010 than were killed in combat in Iraq and Afghanistan (5,187)….

Yep….sounds about right….when so many people have guns, love guns and marry guns and care more about guns than they do about people….this is what happens.

No…no need to tell me about law abiding citizens don’t kill people…guns kill people.

Law abiding citizens like miss Jeanie Rebecca Caldwell who shot her husband in the head before setting him on fire last Saturday in Paulding….

Yeah….you gun lovers…keep turning the blind eye and keep being selfish…

No Way !

April 4th, 2013
8:20 am

I was raised in Southern Florida where the roaches and palmetto bugs are a year-round plague. You’d have to see it to believe it !

My Mother was an impeccable house cleaner and we had monthly spray service, but that was far from roach-proofing your home.

Since living in metro ATL I’ve hardly seen a roach.

The mosquitos in FL are far worse than here, plus the gnats.

Whoever did their research should spend a bit more time in the Sunshine State.


April 4th, 2013
8:28 am

Going bald is bad enough? What kind of negative statement is that AJC? I shave my head and have been for many years – I see no negatives for being bald. This statement is just as thoughtless, biased and negative as saying being short, being black or white, calling someone out for their religion or any other prejudiced opinion is bad. I demand an apology from you…and stop with the negative bias!


April 4th, 2013
8:31 am

yep…confirm. Roaches are forever to be dealt with throughout the south. Mosquitoes make my backyard unlivable from June to first freeze, and the guns/religion crowd graduate school/college completely uneducated and unable of logical thought. Not news. A better article might be one showing how to eliminate roaches, or some method of permanently exterminating mosquitoes, or a job producing economy, or an explanation of universal truths expanding far beyond our own human myopia.

Big Daddy

April 4th, 2013
8:34 am

Update: Going bald also makes you overly sensitive.


April 4th, 2013
8:52 am

Hey Greg, you sir are a douchebag.


April 4th, 2013
9:07 am

Look at the BIG BRAIN on Brian!

Joe Scott

April 4th, 2013
9:09 am

BO and EH are criminal lovers, especially the black variety….they do not prosecute fed gun crimes. These numbers have decreased every year for the last four. Using an illegal gun during the commission of a felony is a fed crime. GA giftwraps these for BO, but they fear being known as locking up young black men….damage their street cred with his brothers. Same as Chicago….phony teleprompted politicians

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April 4th, 2013
9:58 am

Hey Greg,

If it wasn’t a gun, then it would have been 42 stab wounds to his chest or and axe to the head or rat poison in his cold beer.

When are you foolish gun control freaks, I’m looking at you Greg, going to learn that you can’t fix crazy people. You can child proof the world all you want, but a nut bag will find a way to be a nut bag, gun or no gun.

Quit using selective reasoning for your beliefs it makes responsible gun owners who practice top notch gun safety like myself a bad name.


April 4th, 2013
10:58 am

If you’ll spray your hacienda, inside and around the outer perimeter, twice a year with one of the long lasting insecticides that HD and Lowes sell you probably won’t have bugs. A bit of housekeeping, like not leaving dirty dishes sitting around, helps too.

The Tree of Liberty has Arms

April 4th, 2013
11:41 am

Greg – Equating Gun Lovers with Armed Robbers is disingenuous at best. If you think outlawing guns would help, maybe you should look into how many of those Armed Robbers would be able to legally purchase guns.

Archie Bunker, JR.

April 4th, 2013
12:58 pm

Is “roach” supposed be a new slur for THOSE PEOPLE ?


April 4th, 2013
1:11 pm

Greg – seriously? Are you going to remove all one billion guns from the nation? Yeah, didn’t think so, even if your boy Obumma waves his sceptor and fools like you bow down to his commands. You can never remove all guns from a society that has embraced them for 200 years. If you outlaw guns, only the outlaws will have guns. And the lady that shot her husband wasn’t a ‘law abiding citizen’ – she is a murderer.


April 4th, 2013
1:50 pm

Why do people keep crying about “liberals” outlawing guns? I haven’t heard a single proposal for that notion. I guess it is the fanatics that sit around bored, masturbating to their AK-47’s everyday without anything better to do. No citizen of THIS country needs a semi-automatic weapon, and the people who think they do, need a life, an education, and a sexual partner.

Bill V

April 4th, 2013
3:29 pm

I lived in Snellville for 28 years before moving back home to Savannah. Snellville does not have 10% of the bugs that Savannah does. Atlanta residents should feel fortunate.


April 4th, 2013
4:19 pm

the metro area is plagued with roachs ,huge waterbugs and snakes and mosquito,s the summers here are awful…living in metro Atlanta has become awful THE NEGATIVES HERE FAR OUTWEIGH THE POSITIVES…WERE LOOKING TO RETIRE AND MOVE FAR AWAY TO some where a liitle more progressive and open minded(Seattle,portland,Charleston, greenville)are the top 4 were looking to live..Atlanta is Detroit with slightly better weather


April 5th, 2013
9:15 am

matthew – delta is ready when you are

for mosquitoes, as your pest control company (or find one that does) if they have mosquito control. They come out to my house monthly and spray the yard. Works great and I have use of my yard all summer.

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