Morning Reads for Monday, November 7th

“[T]here should be a constitutional amendment outlawing astroturf and the designated hitter.” – Crash Davis, Bull Durham

Here in Georgia…
– Polling from Rosetta Stone Communications shows the Sunday alcohol sales referendum easily passing in Atlanta.
– National Journal recently caught up with Rep. Austin Scott to discuss his leadership post and the House’s relationship with President Obama.
– It looks like another round of cuts to the HOPE scholarship may be coming. Too bad Gov. Deal won’t budge on casinos in Georgia.
Cronyism is alive and well in the Deal Administration.
– Occupy Atlanta ran into some trouble with APD over the weekend.

National stories of interest…
– The CIA may be reading your tweets.
– We are now less than a year away from the 2012 election.
– McDonald’s CEO Jim Skinner says that Washington needs to reduce spending and reform the tax code.
– Republicans are Keynesians when it’s convenient.
– Blanche Lincoln, a former Democratic Senator, is joining up with the National Federation of Independent Business to fight anti-business regulations that have been pushed by the Obama Administration.
– According to a recent Gallup poll, Obama isn’t going to have an easy go of it in crucial swings states.

A few that I like…
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, which comes out tomorrow (yes, I’ve reserved my copy), is likely going to set video game sales records.
– The Georgia Bulldogs moved up to #14, ahead of the South Carolina Gamecocks, and are now on top in the SEC East.
– And it’s official, the Missouri Tigers will join the SEC next year.
– According to Relevant, church membership is on the decline.


  1. Ed says:

    “Too bad Gov. Deal won’t budge on casinos in Georgia.”

    I’m surprised you say this. The “casinos” we would get in GA would be glorified video poker halls and quite often, they prove nothing but a boondoggle. Be wary of casinos…their benefit, as opposed to lotteries, are usually nowhere near the predictions.

    Also, the Deal appointments is a bit of a non-starter. I mean, it is news that a perfectly legal and ethical appointment of political people to political posts how, exactly?

  2. Engineer says:

    Sorry to rain on your parade but this has to be said….

    Enjoy Modern Babysitter 3

    For those that are unfamiliar, if you’ve ever played any Call of Duty game with voice chat on, it is literally nothing but little kids crying and screaming, usually with threats of, “You cheater! or “OOOOO, I PWND U!” or “YOU HAX!” with the following “My big brother works for *insert online gaming system* and he’s gonna get you banned!”. Follow the game rating of M (Mature – 17 and above) and get rid of the kids (16 years old and below) and it would be a decent online shooter.

    *steps off the soapbox*

  3. greencracker says:

    We would need a Constitutional amendment to set up gambling, IMHO, to set up an iron-clad fund that says gambling revenue can ONLY go to schools (or whatever we decide). Otherwise, gambling $ _will_ be shifted/raided to the general fund.

    (Or used to cut biz taxes, as Bookman suggests.)

    The language must be as strong as the motor fuel tax fund (which is in the Constitution and funnels that money to roads, period). If any fund is set up by code only, it is liable to appropriation elsewhere. Like the hazardous waste trust fund or the tire disposal fee.

    • Engineer says:

      I couldn’t agree more. Much of the reason that HOPE is in so much trouble is because the general assembly uses the lottery money as a slush fund for their own little projects. It is literally like somebody who keeps pulling money out of a child’s college savings account and thinking that it will cover everything for the child in college.

  4. benevolus says:

    So the lottery says that reducing prize payouts reduces revenue to the Hope program. So then why don’t they RAISE the prize payouts?

    – If the lottery increased the profit percentage to education would that mean more money to HOPE and Pre-K?

    “Simply put, no.”
    “Higher prize payouts have proven to be an effective method of raising overall dollars for beneficiaries”

  5. ricstewart says:

    In case you missed this story about the probable delay in business licenses as a result of Georgia’s anti-immigration legislation:

    “Kemp says he’s working with the governor’s office and seeking more funding to increase his staff.”
    …but, but, but… I thought Matt Ramsey said HB 87 didn’t need a fiscal note because it was going to SAVE us money???
    Ah, the hypocrisy of so-called “small-government conservatives” who throw their alleged principles of fiscal responsibility out the window when the topic turns to immigration.

  6. Herb says:

    “Cronyism is alive and well in the Deal Administration.”

    What else did you expect? The ethical governance of Roy Barnes? Pfft.

    “The CIA may be reading your tweets.”

    More reason to abolish them.

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