Morning Reads for Monday, November 28th

“The game of life is a lot like football. You have to tackle your problems, block your fears, and score your points when you get the opportunity.” – Lewis Grizzard

Here in Georgia…
Snow tomorrow? PANIC!!!
– Should Georgia broaden its sexual abuse reporting laws? That’s what some advocates want.
– A company in Waco recently advertised a new policy that the won’t hire until Obama is out of office.
– Forbes lists Georgia as the 11th best state for business, which I believe is down from previous years.
– As “tough on crime” policies begin to weigh on the budget, legislators will have a chance to act on a recently released report urging reform to state’s criminal justice system.
– Newt Gingrich picked up the endorsement of New Hampshire’s Union Leader, the same paper that Herman Cain skipped out on a couple of week ago.

National stories of interest…
– Tensions between the U.S. and Pakistan have reached another tense moment as a NATO strike killed 24 Pakistani soldiers.
– Black Friday sales were up 6.6% over last year.
– The IMF is preparing a bailout for Europe estimated at $800 billion.
– Adam Carolla recently went off on an awesome rant about Occupy Wall Street (language warning).
– Gary Johnson says he feels abandoned by the Republican Party. It sounds more and more like he’s thinking about running for the Libertarian Party’s nomination.

A few that I like…
We still run this state.
– Jeff Schultz believes that Georgia can beat LSU in the SEC Championship game.
Charlie Brown Thanksgiving did better in the ratings than Lady Gaga.


  1. The Last Democrat in Georgia says:

    “Gary Johnson says he feels abandoned by the Republican Party.”

    What makes him so different from the legions of conservatives across this country that haven’t felt quite at home in the GOP since the Reagan Administration?

    • Doug Grammer says:

      One thing that makes him different is that he is running for President. He’s not going to win the nomination, mind you. The actual consideration of possibly running in the LP ensures this. The GOP is looking for a nominee of OUR party. It shouldn’t be about a candidate looking for a party to give him a nomination.

      • “It shouldn’t be about a candidate looking for a party to give him a nomination.”

        Right, because every candidate should fit neatly into one of the existing two parties. Heaven forbid they disagree with the party’s status quo leadership on any issue at all…

        • Doug Grammer says:

          Then maybe he should have sought office as a member of another party. If he wants to run as a Republican, let him run. It looks to me like most Republicans aren’t warm and fuzzy over him. The nominee gets to help shape the party platform. It’s possible to nominate someone who doesn’t agree with a plank or two, but if they disagree with a lot or most of them, then they have to realize that they hold a minority opinion and with that comes the probability of not getting the nomination.

          Another reason Ron Paul won’t win. (either)

      • It is definitely a shame how the GOP has treated Gary Johnson, a successful two term governor, of THEIR party.

        But since the “GOP” is becoming more and more the “Git Out!” Party, the LP will surely welcome him, just like we do to all believers in true freedom and liberty, to OUR party… no matter where they come from.

        • Doug Grammer says:

          Not breaking 5%?, seems like he might be your type of guy. If people don’t care for him, they don’t care for him. If he’s not polling at 1%, why should he be invited to debate?

  2. “we still run this state”

    It’s helpful to get to the root of a problem in order to fix it. Now maybe we can solve the serious problems we face like unemployment and education by shutting down UGA.

    Seriously,congrats dawgs. Good luck against LSU. Although it appears nothing can stop an LSU-Alabama rematch. I thought Obama promised to fix the BCS? Another broken promise.

    • Don’t most of our legislators have ties to UGA? Couldn’t we just require that legislators not have a degree from UGA? After all, UGA does have a pretty good agricultural program. We need someone to grow food and fertilize and cut the grass on our golf courses. 🙂

  3. L. Max Lehmann says:

    From Athens-Banner Herald by Blake Aued:

    “President Obama’s controversial health care law is constitutional, Athens legal experts say, but they’re not sure how the U.S. Supreme Court will rule on it next year.”

    “The Supreme Court will hear an unusual five-and-a-half hours of oral arguments on the law in March — an hour is usually alloted — and rule in June on the Atlanta lawsuit.”

    “The court has four options, said Elizabeth Leonard, a health care policy expert at the University of Georgia School of Law.

    It can uphold the law.

    It can strike down only the individual mandate, the requirement that individuals buy health insurance or pay a penalty.

    It can strike down the whole law.

    Or it can refuse to rule because the individual mandate doesn’t kick in until 2014, so no one has paid the penalty yet, she said.”

    I agree with Blake, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) will help define the 2012 General Election. I believe the GOP nominee needs to get in front of health insurance reform care issue by offering improvements or a replacement of the PPACA, based on which of the four Supreme Court options is chosen.

    Good story, well written and clear.

      • L. Max Lehmann says:

        AS most know, the ‘individual mandate’ which requires all Americans to buy health insurance is the nut. Denial of coverage or paying an unaffordable premium based on a preexisting conditions is eliminated by the controversial individual mandate in the PPACA.

        Rep. Brockway is exactly correct, there is no certainty in predicting the Supreme Court will declare the individual mandate illegal, and even less reason to believe the entire PPACA shall be stricken down.

        To that end, Georgia is currently reviewing how to implement required Health Care Exchanges, a prudent move by Gov. Deal.

        To those that do not know me personally, I am a volunteer advocate for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society in Georgia.

    • saltycracker says:

      Some choice….what are our children learning when Lucy snatches that football away & Charlie busts his butt ?

      And then we have “Pigpen”………..Good Grief !

  4. saltycracker says:

    The internet is abuzz about S. 1867, going to a vote Monday or Tuesday, allowing the MILITARY to arrest citizens suspected of terrorist activities.

    A provision of S. 1867, or the National Defense Authorization Act bill, written by Senators John McCain and Carl Levin, declares American soil a battlefield and allows the President and all future Chief Executives to order the military to arrest and detain American citizens, innocent or not, without charge or trial.

    If this bill passes protesters or any American could end up arrested and indefinitely locked up by the military without the guaranteed right to due process or a speedy trial.

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