Morning Reads: Thursday, January 12

January 12, 2012 7:00 am

by saba · 20 comments

Jason Pye is on vacation. Don’t bother him.

 

Here in Georgia:

  • In its latest Beige Book, the Atlanta Fed points out that “reports from most sectors were positive, yet expectations remained guarded.”

 

National stories of interest:

  • The RNC named Bettina Inclan to serve as its Hispanic Outreach Director.

 

Links I like:

Calypso January 12, 2012 at 7:19 am

I understand and appreciate the growing problem with copper theft, but I’m afraid Sen. McKoon is going to have to come up with a different solution.

The federal government states on all the paper money that “This note is legal tender for all debts, public and private” and now he’s wanting the state government to tell me that ain’t so. I think the feds will supersede any state law on this one.

drjay January 12, 2012 at 8:40 am

i haven’t read the text of the bill, but the copper thing has gotten crazy, even if this bill in it’s present form isn’t exactly the right answer, hopefully it will be the starting point of a good solution to the problem

Engineer January 12, 2012 at 9:53 am

I think you may have jumped the shark yet again, on your comment Calypso. It is only demanding they pay them using checks to pay rather than cash, not to create a new currency.
http://www.legis.ga.gov/Legislation/en-US/display/20112012/SB/296

Section 3:
” (2) Checks shall be payable only to the person named who was recorded as delivering
61 the copper property, catalytic converter, or aluminum property to the secondary metals recycler;”

This means only the person bringing in the metal can cash the check. I personally think writing out a check, so that the cops have a paper trail to follow (in regards to potentially stolen metal) is better than just paying cash and having no paper trail.

Calypso January 12, 2012 at 10:02 am

Engineer, either one of us is misunderstanding the other’s posts, or you are purposely being obtuse.

The proposed legislation, as I see it, allows payment to be made ONLY (solely) by check, ruling out payment in cash–legal US tender-type cash. The feds tell me that the Jacksons and Benjamins in my wallet can be used to pay the cashier at Publix, or the guy who just brought in a pick-up load of copper to my hypothetical scrapyard with the folding green.

Nowhere did I call for a ‘new currency’, as you state. I’m calling for the current currency to remain an acceptable form of payment.

Now put your shark away.

Engineer January 12, 2012 at 10:54 am

Don’t even try to act like that, you implied currency by bringing up the whole federal argument. If you are going to imply checks can’t be used, then perhaps you should try explaining why nearly all workers are paid using checks for work (direct deposit is an electronic check system, btw) or maybe you might want to explain why they (state and federal government) don’t just send tax refunds in cash?

Obviously this is done to prevent theft. In the end, with the passage of this bill, nobody is being denied their money so your point is moot.

Calypso January 12, 2012 at 1:41 pm

Below is what I said. I’m sorry your comprehension skills are limited, though your assumption and ‘jumping to conclusion’ skills seem to be just fine. I didn’t say “checks can’t be used” I’m saying cash must also be an accepted form of payment.

“The federal government states on all the paper money that “This note is legal tender for all debts, public and private” and now he’s wanting the state government to tell me that ain’t so. I think the feds will supersede any state law on this one.”

Engineer January 12, 2012 at 2:06 pm

Then you should reword your comment, because it comes across as you saying the state making the dollar no longer the official currency. Nobody has said they won’t get their money. Unless you are trolling or too dense, you should know how checks work. You cash a check, you get your money. All this does is force the addition of a paper trail, nothing more nothing less.

drjay January 12, 2012 at 2:13 pm

yeah i don’t actually think the feds will do any such thing, considering these are the same feds that require my business pay certain taxes online…maybe they should, but i’m not sure they will…

Rick Day January 12, 2012 at 10:33 pm

The city won’t take cash in many instances, nor will the State, therefore your argument is invalid. Sometimes funds must be ‘certified’ and even a ‘check’ is not accepted.

This bill is GOOD for small business. As a small business owner who has been the target of such thefts, the cost of replacing and repairing the units is an undue burden.

mountainpass January 12, 2012 at 11:14 am

I thought SB82(2009) did this already…require payment by check for copper.

mountainpass January 12, 2012 at 11:18 am

After looking at SB82 it requires a 24 hour waiting period before a cash payment can be made for copper.
http://www1.legis.ga.gov/legis/2009_10/fulltext/sb82.htm

Engineer January 12, 2012 at 2:01 pm

The 24 hr waiting period is scratched out on in the new bill (line drawn thru it).

Buzz Brockway January 12, 2012 at 8:03 am

Jason Pye is always on vacation.

TolleyJenkins January 12, 2012 at 9:12 am

One link to add to the list that I thought y’all might enjoy: a local BBQ joint, Boners BBQ, is giving the nation a valuable lesson in how NOT to use social media. I’m surprised this went so viral, but there it is.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/01/10/atlanta-boners-bbq-twitter-facebook-yelp_n_1196857.html

Three Jack January 12, 2012 at 11:30 am

TolleyJ, this may prove to be one of the all time best uses of social media. A quick scan of the Boners BBQ facebook page shows they picked up a lot of first time customers as a result of Andrew’s FB post. I will be one of them today for lunch.

Also of note, the Atlanta health dept. got an anonymous tip that the restaurant was nasty so they did a surprise inspection yesterday….score 94. That ain’t bad for a BBQ joint under the scrutiny of Atlanta’s health dept.

Three Jack January 12, 2012 at 1:08 pm

Boners BBQ — Good stuff, great service…owner is getting a bad rap over the incident with Stephanie S.

ricstewart January 12, 2012 at 9:38 am

Hopefully Bettina Inclan is smart enough to realize that the GOP is not going to win Latino voters by demonizing their fathers, sisters, cousins, and aunts.
Good luck trying to tell that to her party’s elected officials.

Bridget January 12, 2012 at 2:03 pm
jstjoan January 12, 2012 at 5:20 pm

If I may, I’d like to add a shameless plug for my blog to be added to the “Here in Georgia” portion of today’s morning read. Yesterday, Henry County Board of Commissioners Chairman gave the State of the County Address. Here is my rebuttal, based on the FY2011 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report which was just made available three weeks ago. I hope if you have have friends in Henry County that you’ll pass this along. Thanks.

The REAL State of Henry County
http://proofofright.wordpress.com/2012/01/11/the-real-state-of-henry-county/

KD_fiscal conservative January 12, 2012 at 10:57 pm

Myself(and many, many others) urged McKoon to try to do sometime about this A/C unit distruction problem our area was hit particulary hard with, and was glad to see him take some initiative on this issue, espicially considering he is just a sophmore Senator. But like most things, businesses can’t wait for the gov;t to take action, and we had to spends $$$ fitting out home, businesses and church with anti-theft devices. Also, the criminals will alway find ways to circumvent the system, whether it is by going to other neighboring states or some type of fraud.

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