Morning Reads for Thursday, November 17th

November 17, 2011 6:35 am

by Jason · 17 comments

“Whatever crushes individuality is despotism, by whatever name it may be called and whether it professes to be enforcing the will of God or the injunctions of men.” – John Stuart Mill

Here in Georgia…
- Unemployment dropped slightly in Georgia last month to 10.2%.
- Sunday sales are a go this weekend in some cities, including Sandy Springs.
- State Sen. Frank Ginn (R-Danielsville) got into an argument with a panelist, who also happens to be an illegal immigrant, at a recent forum. Of course, he denies it.
- Herman Cain: “Who brought me the water that I did not get?”
- Here are 10 quotes that may come back to haunt Newt Gingrich.
- Fayette County may be the next Silicon Valley.

National stories of interest…
- Congress may soon make lying on the internet illegal. Don’t these guys have anything better to do?
- Speaking of Congress not having anything better to do, you can rest easily now; pizza is officially a vegetable.
- The Tea Party Debt Commission will release its report later today.
- Jacob Sullum explains that the Supreme Court upholding the individual mandate through the Commerce Clause will “encourage meddling” by Congress.
- Mitt Romney has a 10 point lead over Barack Obama in New Hampshire.
- Another poll shows that Occupy Wall Street is fading quickly in the view of the public. On 33% of Americans support their goals, while 45% oppose them.

A few that I like…
- South Park has been renewed through 2016, guaranteeing 20 years on the air.
- The Salvation Army bell ringers will now take credit cards.
- Murph should be in the Hall of Fame.

Buzz Brockway November 17, 2011 at 7:31 am

“Congress may soon make lying on the internet illegal. ”

Can they make it illegal for Congressmen to lie instead? That might better serve the public.

As for the Commerce Clause, I’ve been thinking perhaps we need to amend the US Constitution to define just what Commerce is. Courts have interpreted it to mean Congress can do whatever they want. Perhaps that’s the best way to assert the 10th Amendment rights of the States.

Calypso November 17, 2011 at 7:46 am

It would surely reduce, if not eliminate, campaign websites come election time! Except yours, of course, Buzz. ;)

John Konop November 17, 2011 at 7:32 am

….8) “Every conservative member of Congress should vote for this Medicare bill,”- Gingrich on the Bush Medicare expansion bill….

7.2 trillion dollar bill that makes Obama/care look like a tip at the bar.

Three Jack November 17, 2011 at 11:14 am

come on john, you have to know that obamacare will eventually cost far more than bush’s medicare part d. obamacare in the long run will be far more costly not only in monetary terms, but in so many other ways as well.

newt screwed up supporting that legislation which is why so many of us are apprehensive about supporting him for president. if elected, would he all of a sudden decide to support obamacare instead of repealing it as promised? he has a long history of appeasement when it comes to getting along with big government libs.

John Konop November 17, 2011 at 11:37 am

Obama-care which did not go far enough cutting cost, actually may even reduce the cost by 6 billion and if true is not even close to what is needed.

…..According to the Congressional Budget Office, the primary House and Senate bills would reduce the total deficit during the 2010-2019 period by $138 billion and $132 billion, respectively.[3][4] However, whether reforms will reduce costs remains a matter of contention by experts.[5]……

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Health_care_reform_debate_in_the_United_States

Medicare Part D was a new benefit that increased cost of tax payers to eventually trillions of dollars that we cannot afford. I am not defending Obama-care, but any rational person can see this bill alone will BK our country. And both sides scream about killing grandma, death panels…..if we dare try cutting anything. As I said screaming about Obama-care over Medicare part D is like arguing over cutting back buying coffee at Starbucks verse getting out of a multi-million dollar home in a family budget argument.

……As of the end of year 2008, the average annual per beneficiary cost spending for Part D, reported by the Department of Health and Human Services, was $1,517,[18] making the total expenditures of the program for 2008 $49.3 (billions). Projected net expenditures from 2009 through 2018 are estimated to be $727.3 billion.[19]…

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Medicare_Part_D

BJ Van Gundy November 17, 2011 at 7:40 am

Gee. You can’t hardly even tell which way the OP of “Morning Reads” leans in the GOP Presidential Race…

[sarcasm intended]

David Staples November 17, 2011 at 9:38 am

Hrmm… I would imagine Jason is a Gary Johnson / Ron Paul kinda guy… yet I don’t see a single story there about either one of them. Do tell, which way does Jason lean in the GOP Presidential race? This should be interesting….

Jason November 17, 2011 at 9:44 am

I have a Gary Johnson sticker on the back of my gas-guzzler, sir. My preferences in the race are here.

David Staples November 17, 2011 at 10:01 am

Hehe, that’s what I figured… I was hoping BJ would tell us which way you were leaning first though… :-P

drjay November 17, 2011 at 9:01 am

it’s the hall of fame, not the hall of really really good–and unfortunately for murph the final images of his career include floundering about in colorado trying to hang on for enough at bats to get to 400 hr in the thin mile high air…there was a 5 or 6 year run where he was among the best in the game, but he really flamed out after that…

drjay November 17, 2011 at 9:02 am

surprised about south park, the first half of this season really seemed like it was moving toward some sort of finale…

rense November 17, 2011 at 10:13 am

Typical for what you would expect from such a site like BusinessInsider. They are totally ignoring a huge component of what made Silicon Valley, as well as similar corridors in Texas and central Florida: massive government spending on research and development. The Department of Defense, Department of Energy, NASA etc. pumped billions of billions of dollars into those areas over decades. In addition, the state of California put TONS of money into engineering and hard sciences research programs at Cal-Berkeley, UCLA and similar. Florida and Texas didn’t spend as much money as California did (choosing to rely primarily on the federal support) but A. that is why their tech sectors never rivaled California though both – especially Texas – had the potential to and B. both spent far more than Georgia did, which is why Georgia’s tech sector can’t even compete with North Carolina and New Jersey – let alone Texas, Florida and California – and it can actually be said that Georgia’s tech sector never REALLY got off the ground (it has certainly regressed from the 80s and 90s).

This guy talks about Mark Zuckerberg … Mark Zuckerberg and his buddies went to HARVARD. Do you know how much government-funded research goes on at HARVARD? Lafourche Parish, LA, Monongalia County, WV, Daviess County, KY, Fayette County, GA etc. don’t have Cornells, let alone Harvards (no disrespect intended to Cornell grads).

Stuff like this – a complete and total divorcement from minor issues like history and economics – is a huge example of the problem with the Reagan ideology cult. You want a Silicon Valley in Fayette County or any of those other places that this guy is promoting? Fine. Build Stanford, USC, UCLA, Cal-Berkeley, UC-Davis, UC-San Francisco etc. down there, and get the DOE, DOD, NIH, National Science Foundation etc. to commit $500 billion in research dollars over the next 15 years, and you MIGHT get A FRACTION of what Silicon Valley is. (Yes, the Silicon Valley researchers did get a ton of corporate research dollars, as did the similar ventures in Texas, Florida and North Carolina, but that corporate money only followed what the universities, the feds and the states already had going on. The private sector followed the public sector, not the other way around.)

griftdrift November 17, 2011 at 10:28 am

What the heck is the local college for Fayetteville? Tech? West Georgia?

Calypso November 17, 2011 at 11:04 am

Clayton State, I think.

griftdrift November 17, 2011 at 11:15 am

Didn’t think of that but I guess so.

Baker November 17, 2011 at 10:58 am

Totally fine with Murph getting into Hall. If he goes in, Fred McGriff surely goes in.

From http://twitter.com/#!/AJCbraves

“Love Murph, but McGriff (.284/.377/..509, 493 HR, 1550 RBI) only 17.9 % HOF votes in ’11; Murphy: 265/.346/.469, 398 HR, 1256 RBI. #Braves”

Herb November 17, 2011 at 12:05 pm

“Sunday sales are a go this weekend in some cities, including Sandy Springs.”

Great. But seriously, what’s so special about Sunday that it stands apart from any other day of the week?

“State Sen. Frank Ginn (R-Danielsville) got into an argument with a panelist, who also happens to be an illegal immigrant, at a recent forum. Of course, he denies it.”

Racism and Sexism should be offenses worthy of removal from office.

“Who brought me the water that I did not get?”

I never understood that man and I probably never will.

“Here are 10 quotes that may come back to haunt Newt Gingrich.”

It’ll be more than that that sinks him, children.

“Fayette County may be the next Silicon Valley.”

Don’t ignore Clayton! We do our best and are climbing the ladder steadily but surely.

“Don’t these guys have anything better to do?”

Cap & Trade, Draft Re-implementation, EFCA, Gun Control, League of Nations, Second Bill of Rights, Supreme Court Packing, etc, etc.

“The Tea Party Debt Commission will release its report later today.”

Debts of biblical proportions, spending rates soar through high heaven, consumer confidence in the septic tank, Super Depression to last 20 years(if we’re lucky)!

“Mitt Romney has a 10 point lead over Barack Obama in New Hampshire.”

He’s still gonna lose big when all is said/pandered and done.

“Another poll shows that Occupy Wall Street is fading quickly in the view of the public. On 33% of Americans support their goals, while 45% oppose them. ”

45% of Americans probably support an investigation into Obama’s birth certificate and impeachment proceedings against him, too.

“The Salvation Army bell ringers will now take credit cards.”

Great news. I’ve been waiting for this day since I started trying this method 17 years ago.

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