Morning Reads for Friday, December 23rd

December 23, 2011 7:10 am

by Jason · 22 comments

Happy Festivus and Merry Christmas!

Here in Georgia…
– George Will really dislikes Newt Gingrich. Can’t say I blame him.
– Kyle Wingfield writes that the failure of the Fulton County school board to renew the charter of a successful school highlights the need to legislative action.
– Speaking of Fulton Science, the aforementioned charter school, a plea from some legislators on behalf of the school to Fulton County has been rejected.
– Kelly McCutchen of the Georgia Public Policy Foundation visited with Martha Zoller recently to discuss criminal justice reform.

National stories of interest…
– House Republicans finally reached a compromise yesterday with the White House and Senate Democrats to extend the payroll tax cut for another two months.
– Who is to blame for the GOP field? George W. Bush.
– John Papola, one of the guys behind EconStories, explains the failures of Keynesian economics.
– Stephen Colbert almost bought the naming rights to the South Carolina Republican Primary.
– Jim Pethokoukis recaps the worst economic ideas of 2011.
– The DNC has released a new ad praising Barack Obama for killing Osama bin Laden and knocking Mitt Romney for saying, “It’s not worth moving heaven and earth spending billions of dollars just trying to catch one person.”
– George H.W. Bush is backing Mitt Romney.
– After failing to pass the misnamed “Employee Free Choice Act” (aka card-check), the National Labor Relation Board is looking to implement the rule through regulatory fiat.
– We’ve seen some good economic news lately, but economists are warning that it may be short-lived.

A few that I like…
– I really hope you didn’t order gifts from Best Buy.
– Here are the 10 best video games of 2011. I had one of them (Arkham City), but someone decided to take it and my PS3 off my hands.

debbie0040 December 23, 2011 at 8:50 am

Here is a story that was missed:

In ad for newsletter, Ron Paul forecast “race war”

Reuters) – A direct-mail solicitation for Ron Paul’s political and investment newsletters two decades ago warned of a “coming race war in our big cities” and of a “federal-homosexual cover-up” to play down the impact of AIDS.

David Staples December 23, 2011 at 9:19 am

If “he can’t win”, as the GOP says over and over and over… why spend so much time attacking Ron Paul? Isn’t that just a waste of your time? 😀

Dave Bearse December 23, 2011 at 9:05 am

The GPPF in the same room with Martha Zoller? Was it an echo chamber or what?

saltycracker December 23, 2011 at 9:06 am

The DNC released another petty ad…..kinda makes you wonder about both of them, doesn’t it ?

debbie0040 December 23, 2011 at 10:04 am

The interesting thing is although some of Paul’s followers falsely claim he started the tea party, Dr. Paul receives very little tea party support. Dr. Paul only received 3% support in the Tea Party Patriots Straw Poll and he only polls 7% nationwide among tea party activists. That number will plummet once word gets out about the newsletters…

Among the hate-filled points made in the newsletters, which are alleged to have made Paul up to $1 million a year, were:

Shooting is the best way to kill young blacks. “You should leave the scene immediately, disposing of the wiped-off gun as soon as possible. Such a gun cannot, of course, be registered to you, but one bought privately (through the classifieds for example).
Gangs of African-American girls were roaming the streets of New York in 1989 in a campaign to spread AIDS. “At least 39 white women have been stuck with used hypodermic needles — perhaps infected with AIDS,” the piece read. “Who can doubt that if the situation had been reversed, if white girls had done this to black women, we would have been subjected to a months-long nationwide propaganda campaign on the evils of white America?”
The first attack on the World Trade Center could have been “a setup by the Israeli Mossad,” even after the first arrest had been made. “From my point of view, it’s hard to believe the perpetrators could be as stupid as the authorities maintain,” said an article in the April 1993 issue of “The Ron Paul Survival Report.”
Order returned to the streets of Los Angeles after the 1992 riots only “when it came time for the blacks to pick up their welfare checks.”
Martin Luther King was a “world-class philanderer who beat up his paramours” and “seduced underage girls and boys.” King even “made a pass at” fellow civil rights leader Ralph Abernathy.
Martin Luther King Day was described as “our annual Hate Whitey Day,” and a short-lived campaign to rename New York City after King was ridiculed: “Welfaria,” “Zooville,” “Rapetown,” or “Lazyopolis” would be better names.
Israel is “an aggressive, national socialist state.”
Professors in Washington, D.C., were teaching that whites were committing genocide against blacks, and they had “invented crack and AIDS a part of The Plan.”
Advice to anti-government militias issued just three months before the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing included suggestions such as, “Keep the group size down,” “Leave no clues,” “Avoid the phone as much as possible,” and “Don’t fire unless fired upon, but if they mean to have a war, let it begin here.”

David Staples December 23, 2011 at 10:24 am

At some point, aren’t all these anti-Paul postings considered spam?

Furthermore, I keep hearing “Ron Paul can’t win”. If he can’t win then aren’t you just wasting your time posting hit piece after hit piece about him? 😛

Cassandra December 23, 2011 at 10:28 am

Because “Gotcha Politics” is all that some people really are good at?

saltycracker December 23, 2011 at 4:39 pm


griftdrift December 23, 2011 at 10:50 am

Other than the newsletter thing, I’m curious what stances of Paul does the Tea Party disagree with.

David Staples December 23, 2011 at 11:06 am

Probably the whole non-interventionist thing. You know the Constitution clearly lays out that the United States is supposed to be the world police and should institute a democracy on any country that currently is not one (whether they want it or not).

Engineer December 27, 2011 at 10:55 am


Three Jack December 23, 2011 at 3:25 pm

spelunker of the year, john boehner! what a puscatore.

saltycracker December 23, 2011 at 4:40 pm

+2 always thought ss was an insurance program admin by the Feds.
Just reduce real taxes if it is such a big deal.

debbie0040 December 24, 2011 at 6:21 am

“Other than the newsletter thing, I’m curious what stances of Paul does the Tea Party disagree with.”

That is enough to cause concern and his association with Alex Jones and Stormfront . Are you guys saying it does not bother you that a candidate for president had newsletters with racist content and 9-11 Truther content, publicized under his name for over a decade, made million dollars off of them yearly, gave media interviews talking about the controversy of the newsletters in 1996 and never once mentioned they were not his writings nor that he did not read them and in 2001 suddenly denounced the newsletters and claimed he did not write them?

Activists have issues with Paul’s foreign policy stances and in particular Israel. Paul is an “earmark king” while serving in Congress and tea party activists disapprove of earmarks.

Paul is right on many issues that tea party activist promote but it his newsletters, associations and foreign policy stances that can not be overlooked…

David Staples December 24, 2011 at 8:43 am

Funny… I’ve been told over and over that the Tea Party *only* focuses on fiscal issues, that the ones focusing on anything else are just part of the fringe. So are you saying now, as a Tea Party organizer, that this is not the case? Fascinating.

griftdrift December 24, 2011 at 8:47 am

Yep. Fascinating.

Engineer December 27, 2011 at 11:01 am

If you were talking about the original Tea Party folks, they were about fiscal issues. The current Tea Party is made up of mainly neocons and social conservatives, fiscal policy is just a footnote for these folks now.

griftdrift December 24, 2011 at 8:17 am

Well of course those things bother me. Did I say they did not?

I asked about the issues. And you gave me a couple. Thank you.

Harry December 24, 2011 at 9:37 am

We both supporting Ron Paul? Wow, politics makes for strange bedfellows. Just stay on your side da bed.

griftdrift December 24, 2011 at 10:10 am

Did I say I was supporting Paul?

Harry December 24, 2011 at 12:11 pm

Maybe I misunderstood the comment. Don’t tell me you’re supporting lazy layabout goldbrick, Obama?

The Last Democrat in Georgia December 25, 2011 at 12:22 am

Looks like Debbie0040 hates Ron Paul just as much as I hate the HOT Lanes.

Comments on this entry are closed.