Morning Reads for Wednesday, February 15th

Here in Georgia…
– The Georgia Chamber of Commerce has filed a brief in the upcoming SCOTUS case challenging ObamaCare.
– Here’s a tip: If you’re running from the law, don’t call the cops for anything.
– Herman Cain turned down an offer to appear on Dancing with the Stars.
– The Georgia Tea Party is urging Gov. Deal to get behind the repeal of the TSPLOST.
– State Rep. BJ Pak has filed “Caylee’s Law,” in honor of Caylee Anthony.
– Mitt Romney’s campaign has rolled out several endorsements from Georgia.
– Joanie Scott reports that Henry County Manager Butch Sanders has resigned, but it appears there is more to the story than is being told.

National stories of interest…
– Here are the numbers on President Obama’s budget proposal.
– The AP fact checks Obama on the budget. This is a good read.
This is a good example of why conservatives don’t trust Mitt Romney.
– The GOP-backed Highway bill would bankrupt the federal highway trust fund.
– One Tea Party leader says the movement isn’t happy with the choices for president.
– Sigh. A Mississippi lawmaker wants to change the name of the Gulf of Mexico to the “Gulf of America.”
– Spending won’t fix infrastructure problems in the US.
– Chris Christie insists that there will not be a brokered GOP convention.
– Mark Levin, the establishment conservative bag of hot air talk show host, wants Articles of Impeachment filed against DHHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.
– Dan Ikenson argues that a trade war with China is bad for everyone.
– A preschooler in North Carolina was forced to eat a school food because the lunch her mother made her wasn’t up to U.S.D.A. standards. Seriously?
– According to UK-based scientists, the Earth hasn’t warmed in 15 years.
– Dave Weigel argues that Super PACS are good for democracy.
– Ayn Rand was an illegal immigrant.

A few that I like…
– Riley Breckenridge, drummer of the band Thrice, has some random thoughts about the Grammys.
– Here are four things about George Lucas that Star Wars fans have to accept.
– Who has the best starting rotation in baseball? The Braves are on the list, but not in the top 5.
– While at ESPN HQ filming a commercial, Matt Stafford spent some time throwing the pigskin to network employees.


  1. I Miss the 90s says:

    I friggin’ hate Mark Levin. He is a piece of sh!t parading around as if he is a smart guy.

    Like Newt, Levin is a stupid person’s idea of what an intellectual looks like.

    • Calypso says:

      ehhh…you hate anyone who doesn’t have (D-Far Left) after their name, though I agree Levin can be rather goofy at times.

      • I Miss the 90s says:

        That is an exaggeration, for one, and, secondly, there is not really a far-left in the United States (as anyone who has spent significant amounts of time abroad would know).

        I only hate the intolerant. I may disagree with most on the right, but only because they are wrong. I disagree with a lot of people on the left as well, because they, too, are wrong. Ideology is an insufficient justification for any action of any kind. People like Mark Levin, Rush Limbaugh, Newt Gingrich, Cindy Sheehan and Cynthia McKinney all engage in the common magician’s practice of misdirecting their cognitively inferior and intellectually inept audiences.

        I will state flat out, if you buy into what any of these people say, you are not an intelligent person.

        • DTK says:

          “Ideology is an insufficient justification for any action of any kind.”

          I don’t want to get too far afield in political philosophy, but this is nonsense on stilts.

          Nobody makes decisions that requires them to stop and consider all options, weighs the negatives versus the positives, and then makes a choice based on the probability that their decision is more likely than not the right one. In short, we all have built-in biases toward certain ideas. We all have assumptions that we don’t question, assumptions that act as logical “shortcuts” to help us guide our decisions. In fact, we’d be paralyzed and never act if we didn’t.

          You can label these preconceived thoughts as “ideology” to scare people, but you could just as easily call them “values” or “principles.” At any rate, it’s usually used by people so they won’t have to deal with the other side’s argument.

  2. John Konop says:

    Daniel Ikenson advise is if someone rips you off in a contact, and they are offended by your comments about the violation, do nothing about it? WOW I am guessing this guy works in the academia world not the business world. Most rational people are not asking for a war, just live up to the contract. FREE TRADE is a joke if one side opens their market up freely and the other side does not.

    Dan Ikenson argues that a trade war with China is bad for everyone.

    ………….Indeed, it is beyond doubt that certain Chinese policies have been provocative, discriminatory, protectionist and, in some cases, violative of the agreed rules of international trade. But, as usual, the story is more nuanced that. U.S. policies, politics, and attitudes have contributed importantly to the atmosphere of rising frictions,………..

  3. Engineer says:

    Oh hey, what do you know, another Georgia Tea Party thing against allowing the people to vote on the T-SPLOST. Again, the Georgia Tea Party has shown itself to be against local solutions decided by the people and instead preferring big government to decide what is best for you.

    Meanwhile, in regards to the preschooler in NC, could somebody explain to me how a preschooler eating chicken nuggets from the school cafeteria is more healthy than a lunch containing a turkey & cheese sandwich on whole wheat bread, with a banana, chips and apple juice?

    • CobbGOPer says:

      Well, if “we the people” are going to end up making all the important decisions by referendum anyway, then why do we need the General Assembly? Cut out the middleman…

      • Engineer says:

        Implying a the state should force it’s will on a regional issue. Wow, you north GA “Republicans” really are all about that government control.

  4. Rambler1414 says:

    GA Tea Party is taking a page straight out of Barack Obama’s playbook.

    Rather than beat your opponent on the ballot, use the courts to challenge the legitimacy of the ballot itself.

    Have I missed where any of the Tea Parties propose their solution to solve Metro Atlanta’s congestion? Or are they advocates of the “stick your head in the sand” approach? Is 49th in per capita infrastructure spending good enough for them?

  5. Charlie says:

    We’re this far into the day and no one has asked “Who the heck is the ‘Georgia Tea Party’?”

    The Tea Party Patriots are Debbie Dooley, Julianne Thompson, and many followers.

    The State of Georgia Tea Party is Bill Evelyn and a dozen or so people who think everything is unconstitutional and want to “keep the gays from shoving their gayness down our throats”.

    The Peach Tea Party is Dan Becker, Melanie Crozier, Tim Echols, and others who have dedicated their political activities to being temple money changers.

    So is this one new, old, different, and more importantly, yet another in a long string of people who want to use the brand of Tea Party so they can get their press releases noticed?

    • Jason says:

      The State of Georgia Tea Party is Bill Evelyn and a dozen or so people who think everything is unconstitutional and want to “keep the gays from shoving their gayness down our throats”.

      That also applies to the so-called Peach Tea Party.

      But to your question, I have no clue who they are.

      • Engineer says:

        The whole tea party movement has been so watered down to the point that you can’t even tell it is tea anymore.

  6. GTKay says:

    I stopped taking the Georgia Tea Party letter seriously when they referred to the TIA as a “scheme” and compared it to Obamacare. And to ask that “the issue revisited at a time when our economy has improved and stabilized” shows incredible shortsightedness.

    It’s taken two years to pass the bill, compile the wish lists of projects from LOCAL officials in each region, convene 12 roundtables made up of regional mayors and county officials to pare down the lists and vote on them, and present each list to the taxpayers to be voted on to fund with the sales tax, and you want to scrap it and revisit the issue only after our economy has “improved and stabilized” (and who gets to decide when that glorious moment has arrived?)

    First, the projects on the lists were submitted by county and city official all over the state. Which projects ultimately made each list was determined, and voted on by local officials in each region, not a “remote, unelected body.”

    Second, you’re right, one size does not fit all, but when you divide the state into regions, you have groups of citizens with similar situations and needs. We don’t have a bunch of little entities all over our state. We have several major cities with surrounding counties whose economies depend, or at least are helped, by what goes on the those cities. If you live in Vidalia and need to go to the Bass Pro Shop, you’re gassing up the car and heading to Savannah or Macon. Drive through large regional hospital parking lots around the state and count number of counties represented. The Mall of Georgia? Georgians live regionally.

    Third, I get it. You don’t like rail. But isn’t the Atlanta region the only list with any kind of rail? You want to throw out everyone else’s list because you don’t like Atlanta’s? And this is a referendum. To extend the tax would take another referendum. Someone can’t just decide to extend it just cuz’ they wanna.

    Fourth, how else do you plan to fund transportation if not by some kind of tax? The legislature is criticized for passing the buck, but if they had increased taxes for transportation, you’d be beating the bushes for primary challengers – oh wait, you already are. To think that new industries will decide to plant themselves in Georgia when we say we’re going to figure out how to fund transportation once they get here and get things going in the right direction is silly.

    If you’re concerned about the negative impact on Georgians, then consider that doing little for as long as we have and then to follow that with nothing (which is what repealing this law really amounts to) will have a far more detrimental effect.

  7. GTKay says:

    On a lighter note, as far as George Lucas is concerned, I have children, who have watched those movies multiples of time in video and then in DVD form (because they added new stuff,) who have amassed an impressive fleet of Star Wars Lego starships over the years, who have discovered Clone Wars and purchased the series so they can watch it whenever they want, who have announced that they can’t wait to see the Star Wars movie in 3D. He has figured out a way to get even more money out of my children, and I say more power to him. Especially since they’re now paying for their own stinkin’ movies.

  8. taylor says:


    The Mississippi bill was a joke, as pretty much every news source was reporting on six days ago.

    “Holland says the measure is meant to mock other bills that would crack down on illegal immigration. At least six such bills have already been assigned for committee consideration in the state’s current legislative session, and more could be on the way.

    “It seems the people of Mississippi have elected a majority group to govern that wants to slam all minorities and especially Hispanic,” Holland said, adding that he thought such legislation is un-Christian.”

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