Morning Reads for Friday, July 6, 2012

Here:
Plan A and Plan B for Georgia Medicaid scenarios.
– For every action there is a reaction. Georgia Tech students want to protect themselves from the daily muggings.
– The perks of being BFFs with the Governor.
Water Wars, Part 976
Movies are good for Georgia. Especially movies about diehard old rockers.

There:
Overheard in The Argument Room. “It’s a Tax.” “No, it’s a penalty.” “Yes, it is a TAX.” “No, it’s not.” Copy. Paste. Fish. Barrel. Bang.
Privacy for me, but not for thee. Like we haven’t heard that before…
– Obamacare, Tree Killer.

Random Everywhere:
South African double amputee qualifies for the Olympic and Paralympic teams.
– Evil doth lurketh still in yon hard drives. IOW, make sure your virus slayer thingies are up to date before Monday.
– That Smitty is such a punny guy. Dr. Cooper would approve.

10 comments

  1. Rambler1414 says:

    http://dot.state.ga.us/informationcenter/pressroom/Pages/FactCheck.aspx
    New statement today from GDOT:

    Never has that principle been more applicable than in today’s era of talk radio and social media where anyone with a telephone or email access can become a “commentator” on current events or anoint themselves the omniscient authority on any and all things. Indeed, much of today’s talk radio and the blogosphere have become veritable “fact free” zones – a place where thoughtful discourse goes to die. And lately, where the State Transportation Board and Georgia’s DOT routinely have been taken to task – sometimes deservedly so, but more often wrongly and without merit…

    Never is it mentioned that the Board and the Department have built and maintained what is widely recognized as one of the finest transportation networks in the nation – one that has allowed Georgia to outpace almost all other states in growth and development while retaining its inherent beauty and charm.

    Nor that Georgia DOT is ranked in an independent survey to be the Number One state transportation department in the country for delivering its projects within budget and Number Two for delivering them on time.

    Nor that the Department – on its own initiative – has reduced its employee headcount by a third, almost 2,000 positions, in the last half-dozen years.

    Nor that the Department has for decades had to operate with less per capita revenue than almost any other state DOT. Those four statements are verifiable truths. You can look ‘em up, as the saying goes.

    In fact, you may have to; you certainly won’t hear them on talk radio. It’s hard to build an audience or rile up taxpayers by talking about a government agency that actually works well.

    I am not particularly fearful, however. While Georgians embrace freedom of speech, they’re also quick to recognize these sorts of deliberate distortions, bellicose bullying and thoughtless tirades for what they really are – cheap theatrics.

  2. saltycracker says:

    “Never is it mentioned that the Board and the Department have built and maintained what is widely recognized as one of the finest transportation networks in the nation – one that has allowed Georgia to outpace almost all other states in growth and development while retaining its inherent beauty and charm. ”

    This is a test to see if my i-phone is still working after having spit coffee all over it……
    I missed the inherent beauty & charm this AM due to two lane, potholed, crowded state roads, squirrelly intersections, people walking/biking with no sidewalks/paths & lots of signs & billboards……

  3. greencracker says:

    I have a cousin walking around Georgia Tech with a little handgun her daddy gave her tucked in a purse.

    I asked “oh, did you get her a purse holster too and send her to a safety course?”

    Him: no, duh, a gun is easy to work, you just point and shoot!!

    Well what I _learned_ at my gun safety course is you need a holster in your purse (or your glove box), not just let a gun jumble around with everything.

    A simple gun safety/law class takes about three hours and if your local police department doesn’t run one, some force or gun shop nearby will.

    Cause I remember in my days at GT when one student was cleaning his gun and accidentally shot another student. That proves Tech kids are not so smart, no?

    • John Konop says:

      I saw an interview with him on TV. The real issue he seems to have with the conservative movement was over social policy.

      ….. Krohn won’t go so far as to say he’s liberal, in part because his move away from conservatism was a move away from ideological boxes in general……

      …………. “One of the first things that changed was that I stopped being a social conservative,” said Krohn. “It just didn’t seem right to me anymore. From there, it branched into other issues, everything from health care to economic issues.… I think I’ve changed a lot, and it’s not because I’ve become a liberal from being a conservative — it’s just that I thought about it more. The issues are so complex, you can’t just go with some ideological mantra for each substantive issue.”……………….

      Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0712/78068.html#ixzz1zqokE2lY

    • benevolus says:

      The same citizens that never want to pay for anything always complain about government under performing.

      • Three Jack says:

        Actually bene, the DDS story is more about government attempting to do too much. The feds imposed the SecureID Act on us after 9/11, now the states are responding. This issue shows again why we need less regulation and a smaller government.

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