Morning Reads for Wednesday, March 28

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21 comments

  1. Ed says:

    How long will it take for Magic to start making money off the Dodgers? That is a seriously crippled franchise and (yet more) proof that the BS belief that “only” major market teams can compete in the Majors.

  2. Bridget says:

    I went to a Dr. Seuss exhibit at a gallery in Roswell a couple of years ago. It was surprisingly Freudian… the most creative people are usually warped.

    • CobbGOPer says:

      “I went to a Dr. Seuss exhibit at a gallery in Roswell a couple of years ago. It was surprisingly Freudian… the most creative people are usually warped.”

      Fixed that for you.

      • saltycracker says:

        Larson, warped ? Not in my world !
        Maybe Charlie will send all of us Larson’s book “The Chickens are Restless” with a note from Mayor Wood.

        • Calypso says:

          Oh, Larson was definitely warped. His warpedness is what make him a genius.

          “If we pull this off we’ll eat like kings” said one spider to the other after they finished weaving their web at the end of a slide on the playground.

  3. jiminga says:

    “Services, retail, housing and auto production have shown strong gains in recent months.”

    I don’t know about “services” but retail sales include food, fuel and auto sales. When you back out those three factors, real retail sales have increased by less than 1%, far below the inflation rate, which means sales are actually decreasing.

    Strong gains in housing? Really? While prices continue to decline, the major action is in short sales and foreclosures, much of which is to investors that convert the houses to rentals which does not help the economy.

    Gains in auto production? Yup, Detroit is pushing cars out to dealers as inventories approach record highs. And 45% of sales and leases over the last three months have been sub-prime…another credit bubble in the making by Ally Financial which has packaged the loans, sold them to suckers, and made the administration look good.

    And how about employment increases? Over the last three months the majority (up to 90%) of new jobs created were part time, which is an indicator of movement backwards.

  4. debbie0040 says:

    This bill was bad from the beginning and is even worse now. It needs to be killed…

    http://blogs.ajc.com/political-insider-jim-galloway/2012/03/28/your-morning-jolt-bill-would-ban-protests-at-all-private-homes/

    Your morning jolt: Bill would ban protests at all private homes

    8:37 am March 28, 2012, by jgalloway

    The change doesn’t show up on the Internet version of the bill yet, but we’re told that the House Rules Committee last night altered SB 469 so that it would ban demonstrations at or near all private residences in Georgia.

    The bill originally applied a “right to quiet enjoyment” of one’s residence only to those involved in disputes with labor organizations. (The bill, drawn up by the Georgia Chamber of Commerce, would also require union members to give annual approval to a dues check-off.)

    Pickets targeted at any home – whether belonging to corporate CEO, union executive, crack dealer, child molester, or even newspaper columnist – would be off-limits under the latest version of the bill. Which, according to one constitutional scholar we talked to, has a much better chance of surviving a court challenge.

    On a related note, from Walter Jones with Morris News Service:

    House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams told members of the Atlanta Press Club in a Tuesday speech that the rush job used on bills like tax reform and limits on picketing prevented Democrats and the public from analyzing the proposals and offering amendments….

    “I’m more disturbed by what happened yesterday with 469 and 447 [the unemployment benefits bill] where duly elected members of the General Assembly got no notice and a bill was both introduced and the bill came out in less than 10 minutes,” she said. “Counting on the fact that people didn’t know the meeting was happening, especially when the subject of the meeting was free speech.”

    • saltycracker says:

      Why would the Tea Party oppose stopping home picketing ? The usual attempts out our way are nimrods hired by the unions to picket some right to work employer’s home or neighborhood.

      If the person is a molestor or dirtbag this invites violence and there are higher roads to take to deal with them.

      Even Democrats should be allowed to go home in peace, picket their workplace, if they have one.

  5. The Last Democrat in Georgia says:

    ■”DeKalb County’s government has not prepared for the possibility of the creation of the city of Brookhaven. The County would lose at least $25 million in revenue.”

    IMHO, the remaining unincorporated Central and Southern portions of DeKalb County might possibly be better off if they merged or were annexed into the City of Atlanta, with DeKalb County only keeping control of the courthouse, jail and a few select other services, if that.

  6. benevolus says:

    If we’re not going to have an individual mandate, then we better repeal that 1986 EMTALA law that obligates hospitals to treat emergencies even if the patient can’t pay.

    • benevolus says:

      I’m not saying it’s unconstitutional, but it’s unfunded. If we aren’t going to charge people for their care, maybe we need to talk about being able to deny the care.

      • analogkid says:

        +1000

        The bottom line is that anyone that opposes the individual mandate on the basis of “personal responsibility” but simultaneously opposes allowing hospitals to deny care is not being intellectually honest.

        After two years, I’ve still never heard a single argument (much less a good one) to rebut this inconsistency. Maybe I’ll hear one today, though I doubt it.

        • saltycracker says:

          It would be pretty unusual for a hospital to turn away emergency care regardless of insurance coverage. There are rare cases of musical chairs over trauma situations but that isn’t connected to payment but capabilities.

          There are emergency and non-emergency situations Medicare will not cover that insurance companies will. Like when out of the U.S., at least most insurance companies will reimburse emergency treatment, Medicare will not.

          But to stay “intellectually honest”, hospitals should deny treatment for non-emergency care if the person cannot pay. Emergency rooms should not be cold & flu clinics.

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