Morning Reads for Thursday, May 17th

May 17, 2012 5:34 am

by Jason · 16 comments

Here in Georgia…
– Douglasville’s Mayor vetoed Sunday sales.
– Buckle up. Georgia is launching a “Click it or Ticket” campaign on Monday.
– Screen on the Green has been cancelled.
– Athens-Clarke County is considering laws aimed at Occupy protesters.
– Woodstock is coming to Porterdale.

National stories of interest…
– Republicans are developing a strategy to deal with ObamaCare, whether the Supreme Court upholds the law or not.
– Liberal groups are planning their own way to address the Supreme Court’s pending decision in the case.
– With President Obama trailing in North Carolina, the DNC’s decision to hold its convention in Charlotte may be backfiring.
– Mitt Romney slammed Obama on the budget deficit with a debt clock as a prop.
– Obama and Democrats raised over $43 million last month, though that’s down from March.
– Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker leads his recall opponent by 6 points.
– Looks like Obama has a problem with another no name primary challenger.
– The relationship between Sen. Jim DeMint and Republican leadership is on shaky ground.
– Some members of Congress are willing to sacrifice their pay until they get a budget passed.
– Bill Clinton says that the middle class will have to pay more taxes.
– Did the Club for Growth back the wrong candidate, and by extension help the GOP establishment, in Nebraska?
– Republicans would do well to heed these numbers on religion.
– Thus far, the evidence in the Trayvon Martin shooting is backing George Zimmerman’s side of the story.
– Congress tried to pass a tax hike in the student loan bill.
– Grover Norquist says that Romney should pick Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal for his running mate.
– Judge Andrew Napolitano asks why the Justice Department is investigating JP Morgan and not Fast and Furious.
– Americans overwhelmingly want Obama to stop cracking down on medical marijuana.
– Matt Lewis explores whether Sarah Palin is biased toward female candidates.
– The rough economy has been hard on older Americans.
– Sen. Carl Levin really wants Obama to be able to detain Americans.

A few that I like…
Marlins: 8, Braves: 4
– A minor league homerun derby will be held on the USS Yorktown.
– Here are 16 misperceptions about China.
– A teaser poster for the new Anchorman flick was released this week.
– Peter Suderman reviews The Dictator.
– Times have been announced for the Chick-fil-a kickoff games.
– Here are five great shows for a recession.
– Will the Braves re-sign Brian McCann?

Baker May 17, 2012 at 5:48 am

We used to go the Yorktown on scout trips and you could spend the night on it. I imagine they still do it. It was awesome. If you haven’t been to see that giant boat, get to it.

Andre May 17, 2012 at 6:21 am

If I may engage in a little bit of shameless promotion, I’ve authored a bill to extend shield law protections to bloggers.

The Blogger Shield Bill (http://www.scribd.com/doc/93869862/Blogger-Shield-Bill) is a good piece of legislation, I think.

Any thoughts?

xdog May 17, 2012 at 6:34 am

Thanks for the Nebraska stories. I had forgotten Chris Chocola was head of CFG. I remember he was too dumb to win re-election in Indiana as a conservative goper, which means he is very dumb indeed, probably close in overall dumbness to DeMint. Clowns both of them.

If Bobby Jindal is still performing exorcisms maybe he could exorcise Nordquist from goper ranks, or at least make it possible to disagree with him on a matter of policy.

Jimmie May 17, 2012 at 6:54 am

Buckle up. Georgia is launching a “Click it or Ticket” campaign on Monday. – a.k.a. Fundraiser

benevolus May 17, 2012 at 7:42 am

Zimmerman’s side of the story is that he followed Martin, even after Martin started running away, chased him almost to his back door against the instructions of the police, exchanged words with him, then had to kill him to protect himself.
Yes, the evidence does seem to be backing him up.

Engineer May 17, 2012 at 12:09 pm

Strange, that doesn’t sound like Zimmerman’s account of what happened at all.

From the Orlando Sentinel:

“Zimmerman told them he lost sight of Trayvon and was walking back to his SUV when Trayvon approached him from the left rear, and they exchanged words.
Trayvon asked Zimmerman if he had a problem. Zimmerman said no and reached for his cell phone, he told police. Trayvon then said, “Well, you do now” or something similar and punched Zimmerman in the nose, according to the account he gave police.
Zimmerman fell to the ground and Trayvon got on top of him and began slamming his head into the sidewalk, he told police.”

http://articles.orlandosentinel.com/2012-03-26/news/os-trayvon-martin-zimmerman-account-20120326_1_miami-schools-punch-unarmed-black-teenager

benevolus May 17, 2012 at 12:37 pm

I don’t see a contradiction there.

I know there are some loud people (on both sides) who made up their mind about what happened right away, but I think most reasonable people just want to make sure a competent investigation gets done and go from there.

Engineer May 17, 2012 at 2:56 pm

I never said anything about contradictions. I’m pointing out that your version, of Zimmerman’s account, doesn’t follow what Zimmerman’s account of the incident says.

freeduck May 17, 2012 at 8:52 am

What is up with Levin? I’ve been trying to figure out since the AUMF why he wants this so bad and haven’t come up with anything. He and Lindsey Graham were the only vocal advocates of allowing the military to detain US citizens. If somebody else has some idea why they want what neither the president nor the military are asking for, I’m all ears.

John Vestal May 17, 2012 at 9:07 am

WSB’s Mark Arum reporting that Dish network and PeachtreeTV have finally reached a deal.

This is good news for those of you on DISH who’ve been missing some of the Braves’ games…..and also for the rest of us who are tired of seeing the pleas for viewer outcry crawl across the bottom of the screen every 5 minutes.

Engineer May 17, 2012 at 12:27 pm

That was pretty sneaky of them to hide a new tax in that student loan bill. I think a lot of this issue regarding student loans could be dealt with or at least slowed down if they would just pass a law saying the schools cannot increase tuition higher than the rate of inflation. Or of course, work on fixing the economy so folks getting out of college or wanting to go to college might actually be able to find a job.

SallyForth May 17, 2012 at 2:26 pm

Hey! Will somebody please tell me how to put an icon picture thingy on my posts? I want some studly dude riding out on a horse (sallying forth) or something like that, but will be happy if I can figure out how to put anything at all.

benevolus May 17, 2012 at 3:04 pm
SallyForth May 17, 2012 at 3:41 pm

Thanks. I’m all over it – wish me luck. :-)

saltycracker May 17, 2012 at 5:43 pm

Facebook Friday – The IPO will go out of the gate around $38 and raise over $100 billion.
The expected frenzy caused the insiders to throw 25?% more shares into the pot.
One of the founders expected to be an instant billionaire did a bit of tax planning late last year and renounced his U.S. citizenship.
Wonder how many insiders have their shares in Roth’s for a tax-free mega-jump ?
Shares are expected to rise maybe 50% the first day and the experts are warning the average Joe to stay away – but they won’t and it’ll be a great day for the lead underwriters.
Facebook has 33 underwriters for the IPO, led by Morgan Stanley, JPMorgan and Goldman Sachs.

What a circus it is going to be.

saltycracker May 19, 2012 at 8:05 pm

oops – Facebook Frenzy Fizzle – opened at $38 rose, fell & closed 23 cents higher – not a good omen, suggesting overpriced IPO, but it got some a bunch of money.

http://www.forbes.com/sites/patrickmoorhead/2012/05/19/facebooks-flawed-ipo-strategy/

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