Morning Reads for Friday, March 2

(The “I had a power outage and can’t live without the Internet” edition.)


Here in Georgia:

National stories of interest:

Links I like:


  1. Max Power says:

    Georgia gets serious about its dog laws.

    Before everyone gets on the HB685 bandwagon I urge everyone to read it with a critical eye. There’s plenty there that’s objectionable.

  2. John Konop says:

    This is from a guy who has had been married 3 times. This is flat out vial and disrespectful to women. Rush calls the women he had sex with sluts who used birth control, but he is somehow not part of the equation.

    Rush Limbaugh calls Georgetown student Sandra Fluke a ‘slut’ for advocating contraception

    … At Pelosi’s hearing, Fluke said her fellow students at Georgetown, a Jesuit university, pay up to $1,000 a year for birth control because campus health plans do not include coverage of contraceptives for women.

    “What does that make her?” Limbaugh said on his show Wednesday night. “It makes her a slut, right? It makes her a prostitute.”

    “She wants to be paid to have sex,” Limbaugh continued. “She’s having so much sex she can’t afford the contraception.”

    On Thursday, Limbaugh expanded on his thoughts but offered no apology. Referring to controversial remarks by Foster Friess, a supporter of former Sen. Rick Santorum, Limbaugh said, “I will buy all of the women at Georgetown University as much aspirin to put between their knees as they want.”

    Thursday night, Fluke appeared on MSNBC’s “The Ed Show,” calling Limbaugh’s comments “outside the bounds of civil discourse.”….

    • Dave Bearse says:

      “This is from a guy who has had been married 3 times.”

      And one who just recently was stopped in the airport with Viagra for which he didn’t have a prescription.

      Given he’s using Viagra and hasn’t had any kids that we know off, it may be that Rush Limbaugh IS birth control.

  3. bgsmallz says:

    “22.8% of homeowners are underwater on their mortgages.”

    Georgia is at 33% statewide…5th nationally. Atlanta is at close to 40%.

    How is this not a bigger economic story? It’s a ticking time-bomb.

    Not surprisingly, only Arizona out of the top 5 (Nevada, Arizona, Michigan, Florida, Georgia) has any restriction on deficiency judgements by lenders. So, where as in other states the bank has a right to take the collateral and both parties share the risk of market devaluation…Georgia puts the risk of devaluation squarely on the borrower. Not saying it’s right or wrong…but it is what it is.

    • saltycracker says:


      Speaks to the power of the real estate interests in Georgia to sell an idea of an ever appreciating item while locking into any other asset the borrower might have. Less risk, higher prices. Like a personal guarantee when the valuation is difficult to assess. Which leads us to the subjective world of property taxes.

      This 22.8% or 33% or 40% statistic should NOT be an excuse for our legislators to devise ways to spend taxpayer dollars to fix it. Anymore than throwing taxpayer money in to bail out someone with an upside down auto loan.

      We need to get real estate stabilized. Fannie/Freddie should set refi rates at 4% for those current and capable. The Feds should begin to raise raise their rates to banks in a scheduled process to push them to begin dealing with non-performing assets.

  4. Calypso says:

    Georgia needs to take this South Carolina/Savannah Port issue in hand. Assuming we have riparian rights, I maintain we should immediately commence dredging in the Georgia side of the river, directly up to the SC line. If sediment, mud, and sand from the SC side of the river happens to slide over into our recently deepened side, well, then we continue dredging the Georgia side until the river bottom is 52′ deep.

  5. John Walraven says:

    Very dissapointed in the S.C. General Assembly. Not surprised, though. They love exercising overrides over there. Too bad for Gov. Haley getting slapped for an effort at interstate cooperation. I just don’t see how there is not a spillover economic benefit for S.C. that their leaders can’t see? I understand that the Lowcountry voter is more left-leaning than most in the state and may not support the dredging for environmental reasons. But the economic benefit to a very poor region seems too good to not at least keep the idea afloat.

  6. elfiii says:

    “The water quality certification awarded to further the Georgia Ports Authority’s Georgia Ports Authority Latest from The Business Journals Follow this company plans to deepen about 38 miles from 42 feet to 48 feet drew heated reaction from South Carolina lawmakers, who said the plan could harm the environment and put South Carolina’s ports at a disadvantage.”

    Well there it is, staring us right in the hairy eyeball. Charleston first, Screw Georgia.

    We should dredge it anyway and tell SC to stick it where the sun don’t shine.

  7. saltycracker says:

    Tata Motors, India (bought Jaguar from Ford) is ranked as eighteenth-largest motor vehicle manufacturer in the world according to volume, producing trucks, passenger cars, coach buses and vans.

    Founded in 1945, today Tata Motors is India’s biggest automobile manufacturer. The company was originally created to manufacture locomotives, but in 1954, working with Daimler-Benz AG (a relationship that ended in1969), it created its first commercial vehicle and has been doing so ever since.

    The MiniCat is lightweight, fiberglass bodied, six-seat mini-van. The car uses compressed air stored in fibre tanks to push the engine’s pistons and create movement.

    And its designers state that it costs less than a tenth to operate the vehicle compared to cars that run on gasoline.

    Five assembly and manufacturing plants in India, plus plants in the United Kingdom, Argentina, Thailand and South Africa.

    Jaguar Land Rover is seeing strong sales volume growth due to increasing acceptance of its vehicles in developing countries like Russia, Brazil, India and China.

    Also take a look at the stats on CNG cars by developing nations.

    • Calypso says:

      Yeah, but it sounds like continuous farts as you drive down the road in one of these things. 🙂

      • saltycracker says:

        Not to worry – Obama wants to get gas prices up & incentives up on alternative fuels, particularly the Volt, so you’ll understand what you need to do !

        The Hill today:
        “General Motors has temporarily suspended production of its Volt electric car, the company announced Friday.

        GM, which is based in Detroit, announced to employees at one of its facilities that it was halting production of the beleaguered electric car for five weeks and temporarily laying off 1,300 employees. ”

        • Calypso says:

          From the article linked: “President Obama gave the electric vehicle a vote of confidence in a speech to the United Auto Workers union this week, promising he would buy a Volt “five years from now, when I’m not president anymore.”

          I guess it will have to be a five-year-old used model. Hopefully, we can make it so he can buy a one-year-old model come January 20, 2013

  8. seenbetrdayz says:

    Israel knocked the f**king sh** (sorry for the language, but that’s the only way to describe it, lol) out of every Arab nation in *6 days* during the 1960s.

    I think whether or not they trust the United States is irrelevant to their determination to exist.

  9. Three Jack says:

    Newt superpac radio ad I just heard on WSB ends with the tagline, “Newt Whips Obama”. I’m guessing the next ad buy will include an updated tagline, “Newt Owns Obama”.

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