Morning Reads for Thursday, June 28th

Here in Georgia…
– Gov. Deal says his hands are tied on GA400 tolls.
– The ACLU will represent the KKK in the lawsuit over Georgia’s highway cleanup program.
– Not only did President Obama collect checks in Atlanta on Tuesday, but he also dropped by the Varsity for some snackage.
– Henry County Zoning Board Chairman Terry Echols plead guilty to selling real estate without a license.
– The National Center for Civil and Human Rights has broken ground in Atlanta.
– Cobb County is cutting transportation for Boys and Girls clubs.
– The Atlanta Police Department will create a special unit to patrol the Beltline.

– Tom Goldstein, founder of SCOTUSblog, expects ObamaCare to stand.
– Sean Trende explains why, with Chief Justice Roberts likely authoring the opinion, the individual is likely going down.
– House Republicans are pledging to repeal what parts of ObamaCare are left in place.
– Nate Silver explains why the details of today’s decision could be lost on the American public.
– No, the Founding Fathers didn’t endorse individual mandates.
– Michael Cannon explains why today’s decision matters.
– Whatever happens today, Americans aren’t happy.

National stories of interest…
– Obama leads Mitt Romney in three key swing states.
– Romney is seeking a retraction from WaPo over outsourcing claims.
– The National Journal ranks the hottest gubernatorial elections in the country.
Here is an economic boom for which the Obama Administration can take credit.
– The Chicago City Council has voted to decriminalize marijuana.
– Americans would trust Obama more than Romney during an alien invasion.
– Chuck Norris says that Obama wants a “pro-gay” Boy Scouts.
– Rep. Ron Paul’s Audit the Fed bill has cleared committee.
– Adding to today fireworks, the House will take up the contempt resolution against AG Eric Holder. Here are the Democrats expected to support the measure.
– The Americans with Disabilities Act could pose problems for Internet-based companies.
– No, the Roberts Court isn’t radical; and no, they’re not a threat to democracy.
– Politico notes the lack of populism in the Democratic Party. Not sure I agree with that one.
– The NSA won’t say how many Americans on which they are spying.

Other links around the web…
– Facebook changed your default e-mail address.
– You can’t “own” music, man.
– June 30th will get an extra second in the day.
– Could Zack Greinke be on the Braves’ wishlist?
– Otis Nixon is the greatest Braves player?


  1. Re: toll booths on Ga 400… I was prepared to get angry at Deal over this when I read the headline, but the article itself shows that ole Sonny stuck us with 5 more years of tolls as his parting gift…

    • CobbGOPer says:

      From the article: “Former Governor Sonny Perdue and the other board members of the State Road and Tollway Authority voted to take out an estimated $40 million in bonds to pay off a number of political supporters that will be doing road projects on 400for improvement projects along the corridor.”

      Fixed that for them.

      • John Konop says:

        I do agree, but all must pay into the system that can afford it. It is BS when I hear people who can afford insurance tell me they are taking the risk when they do not buy it…..the truth is us who buy insurance and pay taxes are taking the risk. I saw a study showing that up to 40 percent of the cost of healthcare is passed onto people like us who play by the rules ie cost passed on via co-pays, insurance cost, taxes……

  2. Ed says:

    “No, the Founding Fathers didn’t endorse individual mandates.”

    That’s a shock. They would have also had no idea what today’s world would look like, what government’s evolving role is and many other things that basically discredit the need to wonder what a few men thought about government more than 235 years ago.

    • saltycracker says:

      They never thought they’d have to pay the bill for a thief kicked in the head by a stolen horse either. Geez, where was their common sense ?

    • CobbGOPer says:

      I didn’t read that article, but I’m pretty sure it says the Founding Fathers would not have agreed that you could force someone under threat of penalty (monetary or otherwise) to engage in commerce that they otherwise would not.

      You can ban someone from engaging in commerce – we do that all the time for a variety of valid (and not so valid; see Sunday Sales in Georgia) reasons. But you can’t force someone to give up their resources to buy a product or service from a private entity. If you can force people to engage in commerce ‘for the public good’ then why didn’t we force Americans to buy war bonds during WWII? It’s better for the public (and government revenues) when people own homes; but they don’t force us to buy houses. Higher education is beneficial not just to the individual but to society as a whole in terms of having more educated citizens; yet we don’t force people to attend college, at their own expense.

      At least that’s how I interpret the commerce clause issues around Obamacare. Whether the Supreme Court agrees, we’ll find out in a few minutes.

      • Ed says:

        Car insurance? Look my point is… its perfectly OK to write new constitutions and adopt new, current ways of thinking about government, rather than relying on what we think a handful of people who would be unable to grasp anything about the world today if they were somehow reincarnated might believe about an issue.

        • CobbGOPer says:

          Car insurance only applies if you have a car. If I don’t have a car, I don’t need to purchase car insurance. This mandate applies if you are breathing and an American citizen. The only way I can ‘opt out’ is by dying. Apples/oranges.

          • John Konop says:


            You would be correct, if you signed a waiver that if you do not have the cash, and you get sick without insurance, than no one treats you even in a life and death situation.

  3. Jackster says:

    Chuck Norris doesn’t pray out the gay, he stares it out…. or something.

    Here’s the thing: Until our culture as a whole stops associating pedophilia with homosexuals, the Boy Scouts will always be a punching bag. (For chuck norris)

    The fact of the matter is that what everyone wants is a way to separate out abusive leaders and kids from the boy scouts; however, that doesn’t make headlines.

    Shame on you, Mr. Norris – and Huckabee for that matter.

  4. saltycracker says:

    True: Whatever happens today on Obamacare – Americans will still lose/lose.
    Costs will continue upward for those with coverage from taxes and/or coverage squeezes.

    Individual mandates could work if government opened the doors of competition, went all private insurance and got out of the way. Politicans are not going to do this.
    Absent individual mandates we must allow taxpayer involved health providers to have the right of denial of services. Politicians are not going to do this.

    The only ray of hope is the few Republicans thinking we have to do something between Obamacare and the current mess.

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