Morning Reads for Thursday, December 1st

December 1, 2011 6:31 am

by Jason · 11 comments

“Christmas is not a time nor a season, but a state of mind. To cherish peace and goodwill, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas.” Calvin Coolidge

Here in Georgia…
– Gov. Deal will host the lighting of the state’s Christmas tree on Sunday. The event is open to the public.
– Grift isn’t a fan of Sen. John Albers bill that would require welfare recipients to volunteer for community service.
– Secretary of State Brian Kemp offers advice to those of us giving to charitable organizations this holiday season.
– In case you are having a difficult time understanding, The Atlantic provides us with The Herman Cain Glossary to help.
– Rep. Allen West thinks Cain should “move on.”
– Metro Atlanta salaries are rising.

National stories of interest…
– McDonald’s outsmarted San Francisco.
– Here are the 50 most influential pundits to follow during the next year.
– Remember that NATO airstrike in Pakistan over the weekend that killed some two dozen people? It turns out that Pakistan fired first.
– Ron Paul’s team put out a great ad on Newt Gingrich’s hypocrisy.
– Looks like Obama will receive a less than warm welcome from OWS.

A few that I like…
– Will the Braves resign Brian McCann?
– Georgia will not wear the hideous Nike Pro-Combat uniforms on Saturday.
– Speaking of the dogs, remember what happened the last time they met a higher ranked LSU team for the SEC Championship?

Calypso December 1, 2011 at 6:40 am

Grift is 100% correct in his blog in response to Albers’ goofy unemployment bill. Hey Albers, it’s INSURANCE which is paid for by the employer (and indirectly by the employee). It’s not discretionary charity that you can attached strings and conditions to. Same goes with drug testing.

You want your auto insurance company to require you to do charity work before they pay for getting your fender repaired?

Think it through, genius.

saltycracker December 1, 2011 at 8:58 am

It is a goofy bill, but not as goofy as calling social security insurance an entitlement to pave the way for a means test or tax it a few times or even reduce the premium to “boost” paychecks.

kyleinatl December 1, 2011 at 8:57 am

Man, it’d be great if the Braves could eek out a short term extension on McCann rather than get tied down in a 5-6 year money pit of a deal. Perhaps if the guy could play more than one position, I could see greater flexibility there, but when you’re literally just a catcher and you have a great first baseman already on top of the fact you have a stud in AA ball getting ready to make a play for the 40 man roster, letting McCann walk isn’t the most unattractive option. I also worry that his 2nd half slide from this year is a not great sign, but we’ll see…

Calypso December 1, 2011 at 10:13 am

“Perhaps if the guy could play more than one position…”
At the same time? What do you mean?

“…literally just a catcher …”
JUST a catcher? What are you talking about, kyleinatl? How many other top-ranked catchers with both the defense and offense prowess that McCann has also pitches, or is a utility infielder or outfielder?

I think your comments are ‘off base’. See what I did there? :)

kyleinatl December 1, 2011 at 11:01 am

I meant as in position flexibility. I wouldn’t exactly call McCann a defensive wizard out there, he’s capable, but it’s his bat that makes him the player he is. The problem is, catchers have a short life-span playing-wise and towards the latter half of their careers they tend to get shifted to other positions if they can play them (see Mike Piazza at 1st base). The Braves have one of the best young 1st basemen in the league right now, and unless Freeman can play LF, the Braves would only have one place to play McCann.

If Bethancourt is the real deal (and he is a much better defensive catcher already than McCann is), the Braves just have options is all I’m saying…and maybe a bat that doesn’t choke down the stretch run, who knows?

gaexaminer December 1, 2011 at 12:51 pm

The unemployment bill is a bad idea. Why add to the bureaucracy and force them to take time away from, oh, I don’t know, LOOKING FOR WORK?

It’s a way different deal than the drug testing idea.

Cassandra December 2, 2011 at 8:58 am

I agree.

To be an effective volunteer, you must have the right mindset – Time spent volunteering must be from the heart, not compulsory by the State.

saltycracker December 2, 2011 at 9:25 am

ACORN is looking for some volunteers to register voters and advise on how to get on government programs, grants, loans….

Calypso December 2, 2011 at 11:09 am

That’s a non-starter. The state will only approve volunteer work at Southern Baptist churches, the GRTL office, certain authorized PACs, and the Christian Coalition of Georgia.

griftdrift December 2, 2011 at 11:10 am


Harry December 2, 2011 at 11:10 am

The legislation should probably refer to alternative employment, not volunteer activity. Or better yet, just eliminate the extended benefits. None of us can afford appropriating funds for non-gainful employment beyond the insurance coverage.

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