Morning Reads for Friday, April 13th

April 13, 2012 7:54 am

by Jason · 31 comments

Here in Georgia…
- How much are the feds loaning to Plant Vogtle? It’s a secret.
- Tony Moore explains that charter schools fill an important need in Georgia’s education system.
- Teen pregnancy rates are down across the country, including in Georgia.
- The Augusta Commission is challenging redrawn district lines in federal court.
- Benita Dodd wonders if the T-SPLOST is really about unclogging traffic.
- ALEC ranks Georgia at 10th in economic potential.

National stories of interest…
- North Korea tried, but failed, to launch a missile last night.
- Illinois offers a lesson for states thinking about passing internet sales taxes.
- Hybrid car owners say they are unlikely to buy another.
- Herman Cain says he’s willing to talk about being the VP.
- Happy birthday, RomneyCare. Peter Suderman explains why the Massachusetts health care law has been a budget buster.
- The Ninth District Court of Appeals has struck down a political advertising ban on public radio.
- George Will again ponders whether the United States should legalize drugs.
- Ruth Bader Ginsburg says that the hearings Clarence Thomas was forced to endure made it easier for her to be confirmed to the Supreme Court.

A few that I like…
- Michael Mumper talks about weightloss.
- What features will the iPhone 5 have?
- What’s worse about Tax Day, writing a check or everything else that comes with filing your taxes?
- Own a Mac? Looks like you’re now vulnerable to viruses.
- Beer makes men smarter.
- Where are the Simpsons from? Springfield, Oregon.
- In case of a zombie apocalypse, you’ll need this map.
- Are record labels going the way of the dinosaur?

Charlie April 13, 2012 at 8:16 am

“Beer makes men smarter”

…and women more attractive.

Happy Friday folks!

Engineer April 13, 2012 at 8:35 am

Happy Friday the 13th. Watch out for black cats in your path, ladders to go under, and mirrors that might get broken.

Back on a serious note, that zombie survival map is pretty nifty.

David Staples April 13, 2012 at 10:20 am

Looks like I’m stuck inside today. Our barn cat (aka mouse control system) is black. :-/

SmyrnaSAHM April 13, 2012 at 9:15 am

I feel kind of bad for North Korea. I build rockets with my seven-year-old all the time, and it is really tricky to get the ratio of baking soda to vinegar just right.

Calypso April 13, 2012 at 9:57 am

…snicker…

NoTeabagging April 13, 2012 at 2:49 pm

They should have loaded it with Mentos and diet soda.

Calypso April 13, 2012 at 2:52 pm

They would have gotten youtube coverage if they did that! But I’m not sure Best Korea can afford such extravagant food stuffs.

John Konop April 13, 2012 at 10:46 am

Rather ironic:

A pro life organization fires a teacher for having a baby out of wedlock rather than getting an abortion. And because the pro life teachers did not get an abortion the lady will not be forced to have a child with no job and no health insurance. Wow, I guess the school is pro birth not pro life.

…..Pregnant, unmarried and now fired from Christian school. Discrimination or within school’s discretion?…..

http://blogs.ajc.com/get-schooled-blog/2012/04/12/pregnant-and-unmarried-teacher-loses-job-at-christian-school-discrimination-or-within-schools-discretion/#comments

CobbGOPer April 13, 2012 at 11:55 am

Guess that will teach her not to work for Christian organizations in the future. Don’t put your employment status in the hands of people who will fire you for something that is none of their business in the first place.

ricstewart April 13, 2012 at 12:36 pm

Within their discretion, if it was outlined in her employment contract.
The Supreme Court has ruled in the past that religious schools can hire and fire people based on religious decisions, because it is an outreach of the church. Personally, I would want the church of my membership to be able to dismiss the pastor if he did something that could be perceived as bringing reproach on the church.
This school should have the same right.

John Konop April 13, 2012 at 1:25 pm

Ric,

THE ISSUE is not about the right to fire, it is about the hypocrisy of them firing her. Do you not understand how this flies in the face of being pro-life and what Jesus was all about?

ricstewart April 13, 2012 at 1:29 pm

Sorry, I guess when you said “Discrimination or within school’s discretion?” it led me to believe you were asking about the right to fire her. Silly me.

John Konop April 13, 2012 at 1:43 pm

……..Rather ironic:

A pro life organization fires a teacher for having a baby out of wedlock rather than getting an abortion. And because the pro life teachers did not get an abortion the lady will not be forced to have a child with no job and no health insurance. Wow, I guess the school is pro birth not pro life……..

In all due respect my comments are clear as day.

BTW do you think it was ‘ethical” to fire her, why or why not?

ricstewart April 13, 2012 at 3:11 pm

Ethical? Not sure.
It’s not what I would have done, but I support their right to do it.

John Konop April 13, 2012 at 3:34 pm

Ric,

We both agree a rational person with any heart would not lay-off an employee for merely getting pregnant out of wedlock. Do you not see the ethical hypocrisy, of on one hand being pro-life, and promoting unwedded pregnancies, and the other hand, eliminating their job for being pregnant, and not job performance, which puts them in a position with no healthcare and no money? Do you really think that is what Jesus would do?

DTK April 13, 2012 at 5:59 pm

@Konop

Don’t wilfully distort the news story. The teacher was fired because she got pregnant out of wedlock; abortion had nothing to do with it.

If you want to criticize a religious organization for its beliefs and for holding its employees to these beliefs, fine. But don’t make sh*t up just to be provocative. You make it sound as if the school would’ve been cool with it if the teacher had aborted her pregnancy. You know that’s not true.

caroline April 13, 2012 at 7:34 pm

The thing is she could have had an abortion and kept her job. It’s not like the school would have ever known.

John Konop April 13, 2012 at 11:24 pm

Dtk,

My point is their position is rather bizarre and insensitive. And that this so called Christian school is not very Christian! Why do you think Jesus would do? Do you really think Jesus would punish the woman for having the baby?

CobbGOPer April 13, 2012 at 2:19 pm

@ric: I know, but I’m opposed to special status for religion/churches in the first place. I think they need to be taxed like everyone else. The preacher who lives down the street from me in a $400,000 house with three mercedes in the driveway is all the cause I need to support taxing churches. Pretty sure Jesus didn’t say “be fruitful and multiply… your dollar bills.”

I’m just saying that she should have just avoided working for a Christian (or any religious) organization as they are inevitably going to have conditions that are moronic for most of the population.

caroline April 13, 2012 at 7:38 pm

Before taxing them I would first eliminate all the money they get from the government via the faith based program.

I understand completely where you are coming from on the house and the money though. It reminds me of that song “Would Jesus Wear a Rolex?” When I was growing up all the ministers were distinctly middle class. They chose the ministry as a calling and an avocation not a way to gain a ton of money.

Of course, the people who go that church you are talking about are as much to blame as anybody because they apparently think he should have all this and they are the ones that pay him.

caroline April 13, 2012 at 7:33 pm

From your link:

“This incident comes in the wake of a similar issue involving Jarretta Jamilton, a fourth grade teacher at Southland Christian School in St. Cloud, Fla., who was fired after school officials discovered that she conceived her child before her and her husband married.”

This one is even worse. This is why 50% of the people in this country under the age of 30 have never even been to a church and probably a lot less that attend. Christians are their own worst enemies.

saltycracker April 14, 2012 at 5:26 pm

And what they do is our business because ?

caroline April 14, 2012 at 6:18 pm

I think the point is the message they are sending out there. But yeah, I guess if you don’t care about the message then you wouldn’t care what happened either. The person went public with their story or otherwise we wouldn’t know. PR disaster for some people is what it is.

saltycracker April 15, 2012 at 10:42 am

“Christians are their own worst enemies.”

CobbGOPer April 13, 2012 at 11:49 am

This came out yesterday: http://www.pewcenteronthestates.org/report_detail.aspx?id=85899380985

Georgia is one of 26 states doing a lousy job at evaluating the economic impact of state tax incentives, which confirms my suspicion that our friends at the Gold Dome mostly just toss around tax breaks based on politics and patronage as opposed to hard evidence of the value or cost of the proposed tax break/incentive.

caroline April 13, 2012 at 7:39 pm

But don’t you know that tax cuts pay for themselves? Or so that’s been the mantra from the GOP for years.

oompaloompa April 13, 2012 at 8:19 pm

Nice Ginsberg. I’m sure that makes Clarence Thomas feel all warm and fuzzy inside.

Harry April 14, 2012 at 9:44 am

From ZeroHedge:

According to the AP, “A dozen Secret Service agents sent to Colombia to provide security for President Barack Obama at an international summit have been relieved of duty because of allegations of misconduct.” Relieved here being a perfectly randomly selected verb. Because according to a tip received by The Associated Press “the misconduct involved prostitutes in Cartagena, Colombia, the site of the Summit of the Americas. A Secret Service spokesman did not dispute that allegation.” Or, as Goldman would call it, an “Asymmetric (Secret) Servicing Initiative” where much more than just inside information is leasked. Unfortunately, while he may be far more successful in generating jobs in Latin America than domestically, even those jobs have proven to be quite transitory, just like virtually all quickie temp jobs “created or saved” in the US in the past several years.

saltycracker April 14, 2012 at 5:28 pm

Undercover work that got out of control ?
Were they the same ones that went to
Mexico with obama’s daughter and friends?

Calypso April 14, 2012 at 9:59 pm

Undercover…good one salty

saltycracker April 15, 2012 at 10:53 am

The chuckle in the news is the administration saying what is wrong while taking the benefits:

News reports: Obama’s tax rate is 20.5% which is less than his secretary’s, he & his wife transferred $48,000 tax free to his children and Biden made $21,000 renting a cottage on his estate to the secret service. All legal.

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