Morning Reads for Friday, December 16

Here in Georgia:

National stories of interest:

Links I like:

  • 11 must-have kitchen gadget gifts for the holiday season.
  • Code for America (CfA) just received $1.5 million from Google. Never heard of CfA? They help bring local government into the 21st century by connecting technologists with city officials. Macon, GA is a 2012 partner. 
  • Because we all know driving a Bentley is so 2009. How Aston Martin built the One-77.
  • Fight against SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) intensifying. Those opposed include Reps. Darrell Issa, Jared Polis, Michelle Bachmann and Zoe Lofgren.
  • @humblebrag :one of the best Twitter accounts of the year. Here’s their retweet of Erick Erickson... “My wife points out I’ve worn makeup more than her this week thanks to TV. Sigh.”  I’d go there but you make it too easy.


  1. saltycracker says:

    More statistics – what is the threshold of poor ? income, material things, safety-net programs ?

    AJC: Census shows 1 in 2 people are poor or low-income

    WASHINGTON — Squeezed by rising living costs, a record number of Americans — nearly 1 in 2 — have fallen into poverty or are scraping by on earnings that classify them as low income.

    …….Many formerly middle-class Americans are dropping below the low-income threshold — roughly $45,000 for a family of four — ……….

    …….Broken down by age, children were most likely to be poor or low-income — about 57 percent — followed by seniors 65 and over. By race and ethnicity, Hispanics topped the list at 73 percent, followed by blacks, Asians and non-Hispanic whites……

      • saltycracker says:


        And they don’t pay income taxes, BUT they vote !!!

        By government definitions we must jump from low income to low tax paying rich folks…

        Statistically speaking…….

  2. saltycracker says:

    How did this not make the list ?
    Howard Stern will replace Piers Morgan as a judge on “America’s Got Talent”.

    This is great news for strippers as they might get their big chance on national TV.
    And prime time TV continues to find new levels.

  3. Engineer says:

    SOPA is one of the biggest dangers to internet freedom and free speech at this time. You are basically giving the government the right to shut down a website for something as small as a person commenting to a blog post by posting the lyrics to a song or somebody posting/linking a picture from a news article without permission.

    Combine that with the NDAA (National Defense Authorization Act) being passed (and to be signed into law by the president today) that allows US citizens to be detained with no trial, essentially removing your rights to a trial by jury under the 6th Amendment.

    We really are in troubling times and nobody seems to be caring about it at all. 🙁

    • CobbGOPer says:

      Oh I’ve been sending e-mails to my Rep about both of those bills. Not that he’s going to do anything about it (I’m looking at you, Gingrey). People care. The politicians don’t.

  4. CobbGOPer says:

    That sucks about Hitchens, I admired his work and have several of his books. Let’s hope this cancer vaccine they’re working on at UGA (Go Dawgs) will help us save more people in the future, since it’s too late for folks like Hitchens.

  5. ricstewart says:

    RE: Veepstakes/Rubio
    Anyone who thinks Marco Rubio would be a smart VP pick is a simpleton.
    He would add a few things to the ticket: he’s an effective fundraiser, from a swing state, young and eloquent.
    However, the conventional wisdom that “he’s Hispanic, so he’ll attract Hispanic voters” has very little basis in reality. There’s no such thing as “the Hispanic voting bloc.” It’s actually several small voting blocs that vary by ethnicity and geography. Latinos in Florida and Utah vote differently than Latinos in New York and California. People with Cuban heritage are typically conservative, Puerto Ricans are generally liberal, and Mexicans are somewhat moderate.

    If you want Hispanic voters to vote for the Republican ticket in large numbers, they need someone whose policies – not just skin color – they can identify with. Immigration is going to be a deciding factor in the 2012 election. Policies and rhetoric do affect the Latino vote. In 2004, Latinos nationwide were still fairly evenly divided among Rs and Ds. 2006 was the year many Republicans starting using immigration as a wedge issue (which backfired) and Latino voters have become more and more Democratic since then.
    Many Hispanics (particularly non-Cubans) are disenchanted with Rubio for his lack of action on immigration. Republicans would do well to put a pro-immigrant candidate, not merely a Hispanic one, on the ticket.

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