Morning Reads for Tuesday, December 20th

“Christmas is for children. But it is for grown-ups too. Even if it is a headache, a chore, and nightmare, it is a period of necessary defrosting of chill and hide-bound hearts.” – Lenora Mattingly Weber

Here in Georgia…
– Sad news. A plane carrying five people (four from Atlanta) crashed in Texas, killing all on board.
– Joanie Scott notes that Henry County is trying to become an internet service provider.
– CREW has filed a complaint alleging that Newt Gingrich has profited from his campaign.
– Speaking of Gingrich, he won the Tea Party Patriots straw poll. Guess they haven’t read much about the guy’s past.

National stories of interest…
– Kim Jong Il’s successor, his 28 year-old son, has taken power.
– Iowa Republicans are worried that tampering by hackers may affect the outcome of the caucus.
– Sarah Palin will not go away.
– Is Venezuela the next country Obama wants to invade?
– Rob Woodall invokes…Eddie Murphy?

A few that I like…
– Apple is making plans to expand into TV.
– Is anyone else really impressed by the San Francisco 49ers this year?


  1. Baker says:

    I read that bit about Venezuela. Too strong of language for a Ron Paul supporter’s liking? It’s about time he said something about it.

      • Baker says:

        Jason’s line was ‘Is Venezuela the next country Obama wants to invade?’ – Is that banter or is there some legit concern that Obama is talking too tough with or provocative with Chavez a la Ron Paul’s thoughts on Iran?

        • Engineer says:

          I’m not sure if using strong language is the same as saying somebody is going to invade them. My fiancee is originally from Venezuela, so I tend to keep a close eye on what’s going on down there. Right now, Chavez is on the ropes politically and his ailing health isn’t helping him.

          So far this just seems like more political posturing by Obama than anything else. Sort of an informal, “we are watching you”, type of comment to Chavez.

  2. Mike Stucka says:

    Out of curiosity, what were the other countries Obama invaded? I seem to recall Libya was aerial and Haiti was by invitation.

    • Calypso says:

      We’re gonna need a bigger zoo to keep all these new-found RINOs in…

      TP-”Look, a RINO!”

      Rest of us-”No, that’s a polar bear.”

      • Baker says:

        Setting: Newsroom
        Editor: “We need a story on Republicans and Tea Partiers eating themselves”
        Reporters from all across room: “Call Bill”

        • saltycracker says:

          Sometimes the tea partiers and occupiers have flakes of gold in their mud……
          Republicans in Georgia have a long way to go to become fiscally conservative…..
          they remind me of friends that mix their alcohol with diet drinks…….

          • Baker says:

            I often find hardcore Tea Partiers are missing the forest for the trees but on this point Bill nails it:

            “The state of Georgia’s budget isn’t balanced as the Constitution says it is,” he said in a phone interview. “It’s subsidized by the federal government. Over 50 percent of our budget is money from the federal government and we wonder why the federal government is bankrupt?”

            I don’t know if it is actually 50%, but it’s definitely a huge chunk. Clear example of Republicans talking tough in their home states and then going behind the Capitol in Washington D.C. with their hands out. I’d love to see some real numbers on state budgets and what portion of that budget is actually Federal money. Except that states like Georgia don’t always include that Federal money in their budgets and are able to further obfuscate the real situation.

  3. saltycracker says:

    Kim Jong Il – links that require membership (free or not) should not be used.

    28 yr. old Kim Jong Un’s direction is of global impact. North Korea will rock along for a while under a governing body until he gains some sea legs. Who gets his ear, the military, power mongers, emerging market countries or his people is unknown.

    Reunification like Germany would be a challenge as the economic differences are very great, making it an expensive path for the South.
    A path to permit property rights & business/individual enterprises and co-operation with South Korea might be the best course.

    The last time So. Korea & the world tried to help the starving people of North Korea their large military sucked off big portions of the aid.

    Time will tell. The intelligence agencies in the U.S. will have no clue unless Kim talks on TV.

  4. saltycracker says:

    Speaking of fiscally irresponsible legislators –
    USA Today recently published a front page special report “States expand lucrative pensions”.

    It is bad enough that defined pensions are generally fiscally unsound. They are based on archaic financials from actuarians selling politicians what they want to hear. 8% returns, every year ? Expanding pool of contributors and/or revenues ?

    The worst part is that the risk inherent in investing for the future is guaranteed by the taxpayers as none of the programs allow for adjustments in the event the forecasts don’t meet expectations.

    The article addresses a doubling down on the costs by expanding special retirement benefits to more and more job classifications beyond those with dangerous jobs. Georgia Motor Vehicle Inspectors ? Not all the folks in the classifications perform dangerous jobs either.

  5. Romegaguy says:

    I am shocked, SHOCKED I tell you, that Newt is trying to use his “campaign” for presidency to increase his personal wealth. SHOCKED

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