Morning Reads – April 30, 2012

April 30, 2012 9:04 am

by Obi's Sister · 16 comments

Georgia schools are in for big curriculum changes.

On higher education tuition, Kyle Wingfield reminds us that it’s the smoke, not the mirrors, that get you every time.

Senator Saxby Chambliss wants to replace personal income tax and the IRS. He’ll be hearing the black helicopters overhead in 5, 4, 3…

Decatur Mayor Bill Floyd presented an interesting slant to the upcoming TSPLOST vote. While most Georgians feel taxed out, no one wants Atlanta to be bypassed to point where she becomes the next Detroit.

South Georgia town for sale. Really, a whole town.

Tick, tock, tick, tock. Those onions are just about ready…now!

Next steps for Newt.

These Presidential campaign ads are getting pretty funny.

Blogger Superman Don Surber hangs up his cape. And yes, blogger burnout is a real condition.

This weekend’s internet sensation was the falling bear at University of Colorado. Here’s the video. Over at Ace’s place, the photo was captioned “Brought to you by Jägermeister.”

(And added by Charlie a bit late:) Happy Birthday to Theresa Garcia who is probably 21 again today, and to Senator David Shafer who most certainly did not turn 21 again yesterday.


Ed April 30, 2012 at 9:32 am

“While most Georgians feel taxed out”

Eh… I don’t think I’ve ever not gotten a refund from GA on my taxes… honestly I don’t find that sustainable.

David Staples April 30, 2012 at 11:00 pm

That just means you paid too much in the first place.

saltycracker April 30, 2012 at 10:01 am

Federal Budget in Pictures

It is hard to wordsmith charts & graphs, but sometimes we see only what we want to see…

Nathan April 30, 2012 at 10:13 am

So, let’s buy the town for Peach Pundit…thoughts?

I’m sure we could raise the money at the next road show.

Obi's Sister April 30, 2012 at 10:15 am


saltycracker April 30, 2012 at 10:21 am

Toomsboro, GA – town of 600 in a County of 10,000 on maybe 1,200 acres – for sale – hope it is not incorporated & has no taxing ability –

Wilkinson Co. must be one of the many sparsely populated Georgia Counties that love to pay taxes for no reason – tradition/identity does not need incorporation.

ricstewart April 30, 2012 at 10:25 am

I think most folks would consider Toomsboro middle Georgia. Not to be picky.

John Vestal April 30, 2012 at 10:28 am

And let’s not forget we are now a mere two days away from the highly-anticipated meeting of the “Ethics” Committee of the Georgia Senate at 1pm on Wednesday.

Pins and needles. No, that doesn’t describe my anticipation…’s the inventory of the implements that will be introduced into a hastily-fabricated Josh McKoon doll shortly after the meeting is called to order. :>)

Charlie April 30, 2012 at 10:33 am

That “might” get a mention from me tomorrow.

greencracker April 30, 2012 at 11:47 am

Mention the room number, man.

Calypso April 30, 2012 at 2:38 pm

It’s in the un-numbered anteroom which Balfour uses to hide from the press.

Ed April 30, 2012 at 11:21 am

BTW, Charlie, Mike, Mark, Obi’s Sister, Buzz, Erick etc…

Don’t you feel old now that me and Theresa have finally hit the big 2-1 while you guys are like, super old (IE: in your 30s?)

Obi's Sister April 30, 2012 at 12:09 pm

Tread carefully, young padawan.

gcp April 30, 2012 at 11:45 am

Why did Chambliss not introduce his Fair Tax Bill when the Republicans controlled the Senate, House and Presidency? Very typical of Chambliss. He knows a Fair Tax won’t go anywhere in a Democrat Senate but he can use it to falsely portray himself as a “conservative” in his next election.

Nathan April 30, 2012 at 2:45 pm

Happy birthday, Theresa and David!!!

The Last Democrat in Georgia April 30, 2012 at 2:45 pm

“Decatur Mayor Bill Floyd presented an interesting slant to the upcoming TSPLOST vote. While most Georgians feel taxed out, no one wants Atlanta to be bypassed to point where she becomes the next Detroit.”

Hey, that statement is offensive to Detroiters.

Why is everyone always picking on Detroit anyway? I mean, Detroit’s a great town with affordable housing, if you can find any that has not either been demolished or ceremoniously burnt to the ground by the locals.

Speaking of demolished housing, some parts of Detroit and other Michigan cities have started to revert back to nature with all of the vacant lots remaining vacant for extended periods of time due to the rapid depopulation of the city.

Not-to-mention with the really bad schools, the really high crime and an almost non-existent job market, city government finances in the crapper, rampant government corruption and a legendarily historical overdependency on the automobile on roads with potholes that can often grow to become the size of bathtubs, Detroit provides an excellent example of a quality-of-life model that Atlanta can and should aspire to.

Historical fact: Detroit was the city where the first armed robberies for high-priced for shoes and clothing took place.

Instead of trying to scare people by saying that Atlanta could become the next Detroit (which would be impossible because of the lack of super-cold weather in the Southeast), maybe we should be asking ourselves “Why can’t Atlanta be more like Detroit?”

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