Morning Reads for Friday, October 12, 2012

Here:
– While I love the color red, this map has a little too much of it.
– Georgia company, My Pool Pal, brings jobs back to Georgia.
Atlanta Archdiocese joins dozens of other religious groups in filing suit over Obamacare.
– A Gwinnett church gets a helping hand.
No rematch in Fulton sheriff’s race.
– Debbie Alford wins lottery top job at the Georgia Lottery.
– Democrats can’t remove potential defector from November ballot.
Pesky details.
Campaign spending in the Georgia hills.
– Candidates from Georgia’s 4th and 7th Congressional Districts will speak from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday at Gwinnett Technical College.

There:
– If no Mayberry, then who’s going to bring the bullet?
– Content. Character. Twitter Assassination.
Emperor Palpatine prognosticates the next week.
BenghaziGate continues unabated.
Obama and Big Bird, separated at birth.
– Spock said “Remember” when he got into Bones’ head.
“The Taliban Are Losing” and other inconvenient lies.

Random Everywhere:
– Here’s your debate cheat sheet.
Atlas Shrugged opens in Atlanta tomorrow.
– Is Paul Johnson next?
– I got your tin foil hat right here…

54 comments

  1. Noway says:

    Couldn’t tell if it was Biden or Gore last night with all of the facial gestures, signing and just plain old disrespect. Good job, Joe! Even your lib sycophants, like Joe Trippi said you were a disappointment.
    2-0 Repubs. Let the polls widen.

    • The Last Democrat in Georgia says:

      And introducing the 44th President of these United States of America, Willard Mitt Romney.

      President Mitt Romney…kind of has a nice ring to it.

    • kyleinatl says:

      Really? A debate where Ryan couldn’t answer one question with any substance was a win for the GOP? Sorry, Joe rocked Ryan last night on all the issues….Eddie Munster wasn’t ready for that monster at all…

        • kyleinatl says:

          So you have no actual response to the fact that Ryan couldn’t answer the moderator’s questions about his ticket’s economic plans? The fact that his abortion answer is completely different than the one Romney has been giving in the past week? The fact that their foreign policy approach is incredibly confused? Who’s not in the real world? See past your bias for five seconds…I recognized that Obama lost last week, you need to do the same with regards to Ryan today.

          • Harry says:

            Hopefully Biden wasn’t trying to draw a parallel between Solandra and the Energy Center of Wisconsin. Hopefully there were no major campaign donors to Ryan involved as was the case with Solandra. I doubt that was the case.

          • Three Jack says:

            kyle, refresh my memory, when did Biden discuss their future economic plans other than to say, ‘tax the rich, level the playing field’? And while you’re at it, maybe you can educate me on what they mean when they constantly call for a ‘level playing field’?

            • kyleinatl says:

              I thought letting the Bush tax cuts expire and applying this “Buffett rule” was pretty clear whenever they refer to a level playing field. Then again, Biden wasn’t asked directly for specifics beyond that, I would have loved to have heard his answer…which was a flaw in the moderator’s approach. Ryan WAS asked directly for specifics and his answer was pretty…weak…to say the least. I certainly can’t tell you anymore about their plan for the middle class than I could yesterday morning.

              • Three Jack says:

                So if the Bush tax cuts expire and we punish prosperity (Buffet rule), then the playing field will be leveled and jobs will start falling from the sky? So basically the same empty talking point liberals have been spewing for decades, punish the ‘rich’ so that the poor may find happiness.

                Agreed that Miss Martha should have pressed Biden more for specifics. I thought Ryan handled his part of that debate well acknowleding that any reform package will have to be worked out across both parties, i.e. Romney as the newly inaugurated president introduces his parameters, dems (senate) respond, negotiations begin.

  2. Andre says:

    The Stacey Dash backlash is a topic of discussion on my Facebook page, with the prevailing opinion being that black folks don’t like the suggestion that all blacks look and think alike; but harangue folks like Stacey Dash for not acting and thinking like some believe blacks should think and act.

    Barbara Walters called a spade a spade (no pun intended) earlier this week when she said, “If she [Stacey Dash] were white, this wouldn’t have happened.

    “The reason she’s being attacked is because she is black, and the feeling is, black people should not be voting for Romney,” Walters said on the ABC television program The View. “The feeling was that because she was black, she automatically should have voted for the black man.”

    Barbara Walters is right.

    If Stacey Dash were white, we would not even be having this discussion. No one ever suggests Sarah Jessica Parker is trying to “be black” by backing Barack Obama. No one ever tweets that Gwyneth Paltrow is a “sellout” as a white woman supporting a black man for President.

    But Stacey Dash, she catches all this flack because she’s black and blacks love to enforce their own opinion of what it means to “be black” on others who don’t fit that narrow mold.

    It’s disgusting.

    • jbgotcha says:

      Intersectionalities. It’s never just about race. It’s always an intersection of race, class, gender, sexual orientation, etc. Why waste time on a celebrities opinion or voting decision?

    • wicker says:

      @Andre:

      First off, if Stacey Dash were white, no one would care about the opinions of a 46 year old “actress” (I’ve seen her acting and let’s say that she isn’t cut out for Broadway – or even off-Broadway Shakespeare adaptations … her career was TOTALLY due to her looks) who hasn’t had a real role since the mid-90s. (Check out her filmography … http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001107/ mostly a bunch of straight to video stuff and bit parts). If anything, her endorsement gets her attention that she would have never gotten otherwise, a PR move, and yes the fact that she is black makes it even more so. Dash probably saw all the PR that Nicki Minaj got for her sarcastic “endorsement” of Romney and figured it was worth a shot. If nothing else, she can now join Ted Nugent and Bo Derek as conservative celebrities on Fox News if Romney wins. If you saw her (VERY PHOTOSHOPPED) publicity photo, excuse me, photo illustration, that accompanied the endorsement (red swimsuit draped in a red white and blue flag) then, yeah, PR move all the way.

      Second, white celebrities get bashed for being conservative and/or Republican too. Look at all the abuse Clint Eastwood got for his RNC convention speech, or Jimmy Kimmel making fun of Kelsey Grammar at the Emmy’s. Britney Spears was absolutely trashed for endorsing George W. Bush back in the day. Scott Baio, James Woods, they all get it from time to time.

      • Andre says:

        Wicker, I certainly understand that whites face criticism based being conservative and voting Republican. At the same time, however, whites never get accused of “selling out” their race for backing the GOP. Blacks do.

        Whites never have to face the accusation of “trying to be black” when they vote Democrat. Blacks who vote Republican, on the other hand, are regularly eviscerated for “trying to be white.”

        Black conservatives are regularly accused of not being “black enough.” Al Sharpton questioned the black authenticity of Justice Clarence Thomas just last year. When has anyone ever questioned whether Justice Anthony Kennedy is “authentically white?”

        The simple fact is that white folks can express their own opinion and their own individuality without being labeled a blood traitor. Blacks, for all their talk about being individuals with individual opinions, sure do a good job of punishing other blacks who do not think or act like they believe black folks should think and act.

        I know this, because I’ve experienced it.

    • wicker says:

      The question is what exactly it is that you are winning. Nothing worth having. By the way, the Stacey Dash of the early 90s (Mo’ Money, Clueless) is not the Stacey Dash of today, despite what her heavily retouched publicity photo that she released with her Romney endorsement would have you believe.

    • jbgotcha says:

      These posts you keep making and links you are providing just remind me how painful the last dying gasps of an empire can be. Take it how you want to take it.

        • jbgotcha says:

          Nope. I’m sad. Everyone is trapped in this illusion of democracy and has turned it into a team sport. All the declarations of “winning” are an indication of this. We are all losing in my opinion until the partisan game is no longer tolerated.

          • Calypso says:

            Serious question, and please give it due consideration before you reply.

            By saying, “We are all losing in my opinion until the partisan game is no longer tolerated.”, do you truthfully mean, “We are all losing in my opinion until the Republicans change their policies to agree with the Democrats, thereby no longer having the partisan game.”?

    • Baker says:

      That first one is a year old, but I think very illustrative for folks that might not be aware of the geography/ demographics of the foreclosure disastre in the Ga.

  3. wicker says:

    More bad news for the “Atlanta is a basket case and their precipitous decline into being the next Detroit is inevitable” crowd:

    http://blogs.ajc.com/atlanta-georgia-sports/2012/10/11/nff-all-systems-are-go-for-college-football-hall-of-fame-in-atlanta/

    Turns out that Atlanta was fortunate to miss out on the NASCAR museum thing, which is losing a ton of money for Charlotte. A lot of snarky comments on how this thing was a failure in South Bend, Indiana, but look, have you ever BEEN to South Bend, Indiana? (If so, I hope not to see a Notre Dame football game. Or at least not since 1991.) Granted, this thing may not attract many visitors on its own, but it will give people that are already in town and downtown something else to do, especially those who come in for sporting events in the first place. Example: no one comes to Atlanta to see “World Of Coke”, ok? But it is something else to do and spend money on while they are there, and it helps Atlanta’s attempts to remake itself into a family-friendly tourist destination (as opposed to a place where those attending conventions and business meetings could take advantage of the opposite of family-friendly establishments after hours). Not very much, mind you, but every bit helps.

    On the comment thread, in addition to comments from angry Alabama fans and the usual dog whistle code words about the city and its residents, there were a few “why build it downtown and not in the suburbs”? Well gee, maybe because there is no convenient way for out of town and out of state visitors to get to the suburbs to see it? Stuff like this is always going to go downtown because downtown is accessible to MARTA and Hartsfield. Gwinnett County isn’t. And yes, that is why the Braves and the Falcons are never going to leave downtown either.

    Still more evidence for all the folks who kept saying that T-SPLOST was some plot to bail out downtown by liberals and by pols on the take from the city corporate interests … downtown was going to be fine regardless. It’s the suburbs that need better transportation infrastructure – viable public transportation as well as an airport that accepts commercial airline traffic – to be able to attract real tourism revenue (no, Six Flags doesn’t count) and certain industries.

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