Morning Reads for Thursday, November 3rd

November 3, 2011 7:00 am

by Jason · 12 comments

“The curious task of economics is to demonstrate to men how little they really know about what they imagine they can design.” – F.A. Hayek

Here in Georgia…
- #PANIC: Prefiling for the next legislative session begins on November 15th. It won’t be the same without Bobby Franklin.
- Occupy Atlanta has cost the city $451,000.
- Kyle Wingfield explains why the TSPLOST may be decided long before votes are cast next year.
- Georgia students preformed slightly better in reading and math on national tests, but we’re still lagging compared to other states.

National stories of interest…
- The Third Circuit Court of Appeals has overturned the $550,000 fine that was a result of the infamous “wardrobe malfunction” from the 2004 Super Bowl Halftime Show.
- According to Gallup, 75% of Americans support withdrawal from Iraq.
- The Federal Reserve revised down unemployment and economic growth estimates for 2011 and 2012.
- At the Economist, Will Wilkinson takes down Paul Krugman on income inequality.
- Before our Democratic friends get excited about Obama’s numbers in the recent Quinnipiac polls, you should probably read this post at the National Journal.
- So much for “shovel ready” projects.

A few that I like…
- Thrice, one of my favorite bands, dropped their first video from their latest record.
- So how many explosions do Michael Bay’s movies have?
- Yes, Nickelback is that bad.

Andre November 3, 2011 at 7:43 am

Here’s one more story for the morning news pile:

CBS Atlanta reports that Tracy Reed, brother of ATL Mayor Kasim Reed, recently skirted through a traffic stop without even so much as a ticket from the police officer.

This report raises eyebrows because Tracy Reed was pulled over for driving with an expired tag; has been driving with suspended license since 2006; and has a warrant out for his arrest. But Reed, the Atlanta Mayor’s brother, was not ticketed and was not arrested.

That is very suspicious.

Cassandra November 3, 2011 at 9:52 am

OWS purportedly cost Atlanta $451K, but without a Chief Financial Officer it’s just tough to say…..

OWS, as predicted by myself and others, is beginning to show it’s true colors. Violence and upheaval, timed perfectly for the Holidays and on into the ’12 general election cycle.

Report below shows the Port of Oakland is shut down by #Occupy. Oakland is the US Western version of Detroit. Oakland is a ripe opportunity for OWS crud to make their stand. Oakland is an American urban nightmare– Horrible mismanagement, poor leadership, and a large population demographic infected with malaise, poverty, and crime.

I imagine the Port of of Oakland’s is one of the city’s few bright spots.

My leftie, ex-pat Brother sends me this realnews report:

http://readersupportednews.org/news-section2/316-20/8218-breaking-oakland-general-strike-paralyses-city-port

So, with the largest economic crisis in AMERICAN history, we have the NOISE of OWS occupying the limited brain pan capacity of voters. Not y’all, but Joe Six-Pack, who will awaken when only when NASCAR is interrupted by OWS.

Some people really don’t deserve the goodness of America.

benevolus November 3, 2011 at 10:46 am

I wonder how much the big Wall Street banks cost Atlanta.

Harry November 3, 2011 at 10:55 am

You can thank a Democrat when Atlanta deals with Wall Street banks.

benevolus November 3, 2011 at 11:02 am

Lost tax revenues this year alone appear to be more than $5 million. And that’s probably better than last year. Lost tax revenues = lower property values due to deceptive and illegal practices by Wall Street banks.
I guess they could just shut up and let the banks continue to pillage and plunder. Why not. At least the bankers dress nice.

saltycracker November 3, 2011 at 11:19 am

Like that – think it would be better if they occupied the properties of Wells Fargo, Chase, Goldman, Merrill Lynch and so on…..and Reed took the same time to clear them out……but they had their own agendas & the main ones seem to be experiencing a mob-in and hooking up…….

Harry November 3, 2011 at 1:10 pm

I’m sorry, but are you saying these spontaneous and unplanned actions will create a birth spike in a few months?

saltycracker November 3, 2011 at 7:59 pm

Not exactly – From the NY Post:

Occupy Wall Street protesters are flocking to nearby health clinics for STD and HIV testing after getting their freak on in ’60s-style hookups with crusty strangers, sources told The Post yesterday.

“Last week was free love,” said a medical professional at a clinic located a short walk from Zuccotti Park, referring to the number of people who organizers have referred for sexually transmitted disease testing.

A volunteer at the park admitted concern among protesters about STDs.

Read more: http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/manhattan/occupy_ball_street_aIoZXVqZ3hU8Zm9oX5aGWM#ixzz1cgphgo1i

Cassandra November 4, 2011 at 4:57 am

Ewwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww.

Calypso November 4, 2011 at 9:35 am

“…hookups with crusty strangers…”

Well, there goes my romantic weekend.

Harry November 4, 2011 at 5:45 pm

Well thanks for destroying my romantic notion of free sex in the park.

Harry November 4, 2011 at 5:51 pm

“Everybody is a leader!” – Michael Moore

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