Morning Reads for Thursday, March 15th

Here in Georgia…
– Remember Ray McBerry? Jim Galloway updates on the libel case that he filed against the mother of a girl accusing him of a less than appropriate relationship.
– GDOT is considering HOT lanes on GA400, but the idea is receiving a lot of push back from some drivers.
– The legislature passed HB 472 yesterday, which will allow brewpubs to expand the number of barrels they produce.
– The Senate has gutted the anti-diversion bill, which would have required fees assessed by the state to be spent on dedicated services.
– Eighteen percent of employers in Georgia plan on hiring over the next several months.
– Cobb County has increased the student-teacher ratio in its schools.
– Mercer University may buy the Georgia Music Hall of Fame.
– A Georgia businessman has been threatened with jail time for flying the American flag.
– The unwise student career mandate has been delayed for a year.
– New language for criminal justice reform legislation is on the way.
– Johnny Isakson is a fan of corporate welfare.

National stories of interest…
– Tim Carney explains that anti-Romney candidates need to increase their numbers by 17% to have a brokered convention.
– The Institute for Justice is taking on the IRS.
– Is going to war through executive fiat an impeachable offense?
– The price tag for ObamaCare just keeps growing.
– Rick Santorum says that Puerto Rico needs to make English its official language. #headdesk
– Liberals are apparently more likely to block people on Twitter than conservatives.
– David Boaz explains why libertarians are afraid of Rick Santorum.
– Will Ron Paul make a deal with Mitt Romney?
– No, Newt Gingrich won’t be able to lower gas prices to $2.50.
– It looks like 2012 is another anti-incumbent year.

A few that I like…
– Despite comments indicating that he frequently thinks about retiring, Chipper Jones has no plans to walk out on his team.
– Are you ready for The Walking Dead season finale?
– AOL Instant Messenger is now obsolete.
– It looks like 24: The Movie is dead for now.
– Darth Vader explains why he is leaving the Empire.
– RIP: Encyclopaedia Britannica

22 comments

  1. johnl says:

    As the anti-diversion bill was being gutted to allow money collected for one purpose to continue to be used for something else, we got this comment:

    “We have been doing this for 20 years, and I still keep getting re-elected,” said Rules Committee Chairman Don Balfour, R-Snellville.

    Unbelievable, but true.

  2. Tenacious G says:

    Yay craft beer! If my local package store sold Max Lager’s brew, I’d buy them out. On Sunday no less.

  3. kyleinatl says:

    End of an era with AOL IM, I remember many a high school conversation over that thing. It really was the start in how communications between people changed.

    • Cassandra says:

      “It really was the start in how communications between people changed.”

      To expand on your perspective, what if….

      Throughout the course on history there are many changes in the way people communicate. In ten thousand years humanity has gone from writing on cave walls, to hieroglyphics, Sanskrit, Gutenberg press, Morse Code, batch and now interactive, instant data processing.

      AOL IM made personal interactive communication possible, but to the larger point, now virtually ‘free’ global interpersonal communications. Years ago, some discussed the oddly similar analogy to the Biblical “tower of Babel” with English being the Worlds most common language and everyone being able to communicate. Babel ended badly, but maybe the lessons excessive pride will not be lost on the World.

      Now we see social media as the largest and fastest growing use of the internet.

      What if . . . people . . . decided . . . and governments responded?

  4. saltycracker says:

    Balfour,Isakson…..TERM LIMITS….
    The floggings will continue until morale improves……or until term limits.

  5. saltycracker says:

    Drum roll….4 banks failed the recent stress test and #1:

    “Ally Financial, the former GMAC Bank, was the worst-performing bank in the Fed’s test. The U.S. Treasury Department still owns 74 percent of the bank. Ally protested the Fed’s stress tests, saying that the analysis overstated the potential mortgage risk in its portfolios.”

    Who woulda thunk matters like worst-performing, failed stress test and whining excuses for failing would apply to a business owned by the Gov’t ?

    http://www.crainsdetroit.com/article/20120314/FREE/120319951/ally-financial-fails-federal-reserve-stress-test-of-ability-to-survive-an-even-worse-recession#

  6. ricstewart says:

    The end of the Encylopedia Brittanica really limits my backup career options.
    I can’t be a door-to-door encyclopedia salesman, a Chechen rebel, or one of Gladys Knight’s Pips.

  7. The Last Democrat in Georgia says:

    “- GDOT is considering HOT lanes on GA400, but the idea is receiving a lot of push back from some drivers.”

    Well, no sh**!

    After watching the I-85 debacle, I couldn’t possibly see why GA 400 motorists wouldn’t want to bask in the same positive commuting experience EVERY SINGLE WORKDAY.

    I guess that GA 400 motorists just feel as though they’re not worthy.

  8. saltycracker says:

    And of course my favorite anti-ethical capitalist corporation Goldman-Sachs is again in the news:

    “Greg Smith, an executive director at the bank, resigned with a blistering public essay that accused the bank of losing its “moral fiber,” putting profits ahead of customers’ interests and dismissing customers as “muppets.”

    “It makes me ill how callously people talk about ripping their clients off,” he wrote.

    The decay of Goldman’s proud culture of teamwork, integrity and humility, he wrote, threatened the survival of an investment house that weathered two world wars and the Great Depression.”

    http://www.ajc.com/business/muppet-manifesto-blistering-exit-1384689.html

    His detractors say Goldman is in the business of making money and if he wants to save humanity he needs to work elsewhere. The point is missed that businesses should not make money playing gotcha with their customers. An inherent part of their commission is sound, beneficial advice.

    But G-S will do just fine as dirty big money always needs muscle.

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