Morning Reads for Friday, November 18th

November 18, 2011 7:00 am

by Jason · 24 comments

“Left-wing politicians take away your liberty in the name of children and of fighting poverty, while right-wing politicians do it in the name of family values and fighting drugs. Either way, government gets bigger and you become less free.” – Harry Browne

Here in Georgia…
– Eight Occupy Atlanta protesters were arrested yesterday for blocking traffic. Yeah, because that’s how you win people over.
– Herman Cain has received Secret Service protection due to safety concerns.
– Here is a handy guide for the start dates of Sunday alcohol sales.
– Jim Galloway reports that legislators, including Democrats, are not allowed to talk to the Department of Justice without Anne Lewis, who was tasked with overseeing redistricting.

National stories of interest…
– Communism is more popular than Congress.
– It’s almost like Mitt Romney wants conservatives to despise him.
– Despite being sponsored by Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT), the Tea Party Debt Commission was prevented by Senate Democrats from presenting their findings yesterday in the Russell Senate Office Building.
– Americans are fat and will only get fatter.
– Two pieces of legislation working their way through Congress, PROTECT IP Act and the Stop Online Piracy Act, pose significant threats to Internet freedom.
– The latest Rasmussen poll in Iowa shows Newt Gingrich with a 13 point lead over Mitt Romney.
– Ron Paul identifies ObamaCare as fascism.
– 275 protesters were arrested at Occupy Wall Street yesterday.

A few that I like…
– It’s Punk Rock Friday.
– Isaiah Crowell, despite some missteps, is on pace for 1,000 rushing yards.
– Will Georgia sign Todd Grantham to a contract extension?

Cassandra November 18, 2011 at 7:32 am

Several years ago a friend, veteran, business associate mentioned to me that folks with a liberal mindset have serious mental flaws. I thought that was harsh, given that plenty of conservatives have their own set(s) of mental hangups.

I will vote for the candidate who most supports no new laws, strictly enforces the laws we have, and has no major embarrassing personal chapters in their life:

Forrest Gump 2012

Herb November 18, 2011 at 8:22 am

Strongly disagree. It is laws that put us on the cutting edge of history. Where would we as a populace be without laws and regulations?

Andre November 18, 2011 at 10:19 am

More free and less in debt, Herb.

Herb November 18, 2011 at 8:00 am

“Eight Occupy Atlanta protesters were arrested yesterday for blocking traffic. Yeah, because that’s how you win people over.”

They were doing it in the name of change we can believe in, so I actually praise. And yes, you can win over more people doing this than the Republican dominated media would have you believe.

“Herman Cain has received Secret Service protection due to safety concerns.”

Unnecessary. Who’s gonna take a shot at him? Our Leftist electorate? Come on! We want him nominated so Obama can sail to re-election.

“Communism is more popular than Congress.”

For good reason. I’ll vote for a Commie over a Mad Dog Republican.

“Tea Party Debt Commission was prevented by Senate Democrats from presenting their findings yesterday in the Russell Senate Office Building.”

Awesome. I firmly believe that if you are aligned with these pinheads, you’ve got nothing to say.

“Americans are fat and will only get fatter.”

And Democrats, namely Michele Obama, are trying everything to get this under wraps. But when you’ve got a Republican Congress, nothing can get done except by Executive Order, which is just fine by me. I’ve got not one problem with the morons running Congress being overruled by the President/Overlord.

“Two pieces of legislation working their way through Congress, PROTECT IP Act and the Stop Online Piracy Act, pose significant threats to Internet freedom.”

Pass them! These bills will, if implemented, safeguard our IP’s and stop internet piracy. This will make the American dream more attainable.

“The latest Rasmussen poll in Iowa shows Newt Gingrich with a 13 point lead over Mitt Romney.”

Great. Newt would lose big, Romney would lose by less. I want a mandate to govern.

“Ron Paul identifies ObamaCare as fascism.”

RONPAUL has lost my support.

“275 protesters were arrested at Occupy Wall Street yesterday. ”

Cops are traitors. Laws are BS in this system of governance. We need an overthrow of this repressive system. This is what OWS is all about.

Engineer November 18, 2011 at 9:08 am

While reading your response, I was thinking, “Really now”. When I got to your comment about the Protect IP Act and the Stop Online Piracy Act, all I can say is I’m honestly not sure if you are being a troll or if you really are that asinine. The acts are so broad that they can shut down entire domains/websites for violations that may be inside a video on youtube (even the youtube video you have linked in your name would be grounds enough for violations), some picture you post online (there are tons of image macro images that could be applied to), or even because of post and comments on blogs such as this one (It could be something as simple as somebody explaining how or linking to a website that rip music/videos from youtube). Since the site owners would then be liable for content posted by individual users, the site owners would either stop or severely limit content creation by individual users. To put it bluntly, if these pass, the Chinese would have a more free internet than we would.

Herb November 18, 2011 at 3:27 pm

All right, Engineer. I admit, I can be wrong. I took it at face value. I looked into it, and I realize I don’t want government regulating our internet to this extent, albeit more extreme cases of infringement can be reported to the proper governmental authorities. Outside of the dealership, the internet is my livelihood. This is one area the various internet business have the upper hand over the Government in regards to handling such matters as these. I will try to look into things more before I take them at face value.

rense November 18, 2011 at 10:04 am

The communists killed far more people than the Nazis ever did, and over a much longer period of time over a far wider geographic area. Commie sympathizers like yourself should be treated as subversives and deported.

Herb November 18, 2011 at 3:09 pm

Hang on, I’m not sympathetic to them. I just said I’d sooner vote straight ticket Communist than straight ticket GOP. Not that it will ever come to that, as there are GOP’ers I’ve voted for. You can agree or disagree with their ideals, but we all can disagree with their methods.

benevolus November 18, 2011 at 8:15 am

Tea Party Debt Commission arrives at their conclusions via an online poll? OK. But don’t be too harsh on the Senators. It’s not like they don’t already have polling data.

Herb November 18, 2011 at 8:17 am

Another example of why they shouldn’t be taken seriously. Online polls can be voted on a few times by the same person, depending on how many accounts/computers the person has.

rense November 18, 2011 at 10:09 am

At least they have finally got around to proposing actual spending cuts. Well, sorta. A big portion of their spending cuts is merely ending ObamaCare. So, they still haven’t gotten around to the major, specific politically harmful spending cuts in EXISTING PROGRAMS that need to take place. So, this was 1 step forward, but also 1 step back. But considering the delusional nature of most Tea Party supporters, a lot of whom honestly believe that we can balance the budget by ending affirmative action programs, even 1 step forward and 1 step back constitutes real progress. Case in point: debbie, the local Tea Party leader who is going to file a discrimination lawsuit over not being allowed to break the law.

Calypso November 18, 2011 at 8:17 am

Jason, your Galloway blurb links to a Sunday sales article, not the DoJ thing.

Jason November 18, 2011 at 8:20 am

Fixed. Thanks.

cheapseats November 18, 2011 at 8:27 am

RE: Americans are fat and will only get fatter.

“1 in 3 Americans weigh as much as the other 2.” – David Sedaris

saltycracker November 18, 2011 at 9:22 am

The morning read that is of note to our future corporate & personal financial well being is the one on SunTrust moving from defined fixed pension plans to defined contribution plans. Private corporations are doing things to right their ship while governments expand debt & risk. These government misdirections guarantee future diversions of taxpayer monies from providing services and updating infrastructure.

Very few corporations are putting the business at risk by guaranteeing investment outcomes for employees. Public agencies continue to increase that taxpayer risk and do so by archaic accounting. Private business workers are increasing their working years while public workers are retiring earlier.

Corporations got the picture years ago….governments haven’t….and public concern is minimal because the check hasn’t bounced….and there are still taxes to raise and services to cut…..

http://www.ajc.com/business/suntrust-latest-large-company-1231139.html

benevolus November 18, 2011 at 10:25 am

It’s pretty easy for corporations to cut compensation when there is 10% unemployment. Then when times are better and they actually have to compete for good employees some of them will promise more than they can afford again, which will eventually cause losses, then price increases, bankruptcies, consolidation… yada yada yada.

saltycracker November 18, 2011 at 11:51 am

Actually businesses raise working wages & 401k participation when competition increases which gets better results than guaranteeing retirement investments.
Governments are raising pay & guaranteeing investments regardless of the economy.

nast November 18, 2011 at 10:12 am

“Eight Occupy Atlanta protesters were arrested yesterday for blocking traffic.”

Meanwhile, the people who gave the go-ahead for the shut down of Midtown traffic for the Soul Train awards are still walking around scot free.

Calypso November 18, 2011 at 11:35 am

Is that considered light or heavy rail?

rense November 18, 2011 at 11:39 am

So are the people who allow the same for Falcons, Braves and Georgia Tech games. But somehow I don’t believe that you want THOSE FOLKS to be imprisoned …

nast November 18, 2011 at 2:20 pm

I’m not aware of any major thoroughfares in Midtown being completely blocked off during a weekday rush hour for Falcons, Braves or Georgia Tech games seeing as these events typically take place outside of rush hour and outside of Midtown.

Jessy November 18, 2011 at 10:36 am

Trouble in Toyland

Holiday shopping season is upon us once again. As a parent, relative or friend, shopping for toys for the children in your life can be a challenge.

We don’t always know if the gifts will be a hit but the one thing we count on is that the toys we purchase are safe. Thanks to the hard work of agencies like the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and consumer advocates like U.S. PIRG that’s largely true. But as our toy shopping researchers have found, that’s not always the case.

Each year, Georgia PIRG publishes a report, “Trouble In Toyland,” that highlights a sampling of unsafe toys, ones we found in a survey of toy stores across the country. Over the past 25 years, the findings of our report have paid off, leading to more than 100 recalls and millions children’s products pulled from store shelves. The findings also provided valuable evidence in support of the need for a 2008 law that gave the CPSC more authority to crack down on manufacturers and importers of dangerous toys.

Despite important progress, parents need to be aware of ongoing hazards and be on the lookout for unsafe products. More than 250,000 American children made trips to the emergency room in 2009 due to toy-related injuries. Toy safety should not be a political or partisan issue. I have yet to hear any policy maker argue ‘caveat emptor’ (let the buyer beware) as it relates to toddlers. That is why it is all the more shocking to see new, sweeping attacks in Congress on some of the most basic health and safety protections for young children as well as the broader public.

One bill, the REINS Act, would not only allow but require congressional meddling in the implementation of all public health and safety rules. A single member of Congress, at the behest of some special interest or campaign contributor, could block science-based lead standards for children’s products, crib safety rules, anti-choking guidelines or any number of protections that provide a safer consumer marketplace.

Another bill, called the Regulatory Accountability Act (RAA), would put the calculations of accountants ahead of the warnings and findings of safety experts and scientists in determining the value of new public health and safety rules.

This holiday season please take a few moments to let your congressional representatives know that keeping hazardous toys off store shelves is incredibly important. Congress should not undermine critical consumer protections; rather, members should do everything in their power to oppose rollbacks and roadblocks to our most basic public health and safety rules.

And keep an eye out for Georgia PIRG 26th annual “Trouble in Toyland” report, coming out on November 22nd. This year’s toy survey will include results of laboratory testing for toxic chemicals, choking hazards and other threats to child safety. We’ll also provide tips to help shoppers avoid dangerous toys so that consumers can enjoy a healthy and happy holiday season.

Jessica Wilson
Georgia PIRG

Herb November 18, 2011 at 5:54 pm

I commend your work. Carry on!

saltycracker November 18, 2011 at 6:55 pm

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Greece has 60 billion euros ($80 billion) in unpaid taxes because of tax avoidance and lack of compliance, a report by the European Commission’s task force on Greece said on Thursday.

The figure is equivalent to around 25 percent of Greek gross domestic product. Greece’s total public debt stands at 370 billion euros, or around 160 percent of GDP.

Of the 60 billion euros of unpaid taxes, half is in uncollected taxes that are already subject to court cases, some of which have been running for more than 10 years, the report said. Only about 8 billion euros is quickly recoverable.

“Even though the actual prospects for collection are very low, the very size of these tax arrears casts a doubt over the efficacy of the overall tax administration,” the report said.

http://news.yahoo.com/greece-60-billion-euros-unpaid-taxes-eu-report-113048588.html

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