Morning Reads for Friday, November 9, 2012 – UPDATED

November 9, 2012 6:08 am

by Obi's Sister · 36 comments

“The nine most terrifying words in the English language are, “I’m from the government and I’m here to help.” – Ronald Reagan

Here:
- Georgia works hard to attract biotech industries.
- Naysayers are everywhere. Shut up already.
- The Mark Richt Perspective
- Charter School Commission ramping up quickly, as soon as February.
- Fulton County flubs another election, much to everyone’s chagrin.
- People in Clayton County are certifiably insane (warning – video starts immediately!). “Walking Small” hopes to speed up his trial, so he can retake his right-ful throne of mismanagement. Good luck with that.

There:
- Those healthy Happy Meals left a greasy spot on McDonald’s bottom line, didn’t they?
- Whites/Blacks/Hispanics/Asians/Italians/Irish/Whatever/Women/Men/Whatever/Young/Old/Whatever/Pro-Life/Pro-Choice/Whatever/Gay/Straight/Whatever/Catholic/Protestant/Jewish/Muslim/Atheist/Wiccan/Amish/Whatever… Data heads will be slicing and dicing these numbers for years. If it gets their yammerin’ yaps off the telly, then good!
- Post-Sandy gas crisis could last for weeks.
- FEMA closes Staten Island office before latest snow storm. Ronald Reagan (see above) was right.
- Tilting at windmills – will we ever get to the bottom of Benghazi? The witnesses being called for the Senate Intelligence Committee (closed) hearing on Nov. 15 are: Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, CIA Director David Petraeus, FBI Deputy Director Sean Joyce, Under Secretary of State for Management Pat Kennedy and National Counterterrorism Center Director Matthew Olsen. OOOh, to be a fly on that wall.
- Classless and clueless. Non-liberals have been fired for much, much less.
- Oh, BTW, Iran fired on a US drone before the election. Pentagon waits 7 days to confirm, and only after it was leaked.

Random Everywhere:
- Hines Ward, former Bulldog and Pittsburgh Steeler, takes a zombie turn. Video here. The make-up application process is pretty cool.
- German Chancellor Angela Merkel reviled over saying Christianity is the most persecuted religion on earth.
- Disaster preparedness is on everyone’s List for Santa this year. Remember you need a generator to run the blender when the lights go out. It’s going to be a long winter, folks.

BREAKING UPDATE: CIA Chief Gen. David Patraeus resigns. Or is he falling on his sword? Ok, you lawyerly types, time to earn your keep. Can he still be called to testify in Thursday’s closed hearing? Or neither?

Bridget November 9, 2012 at 6:46 am
girl with a gun November 9, 2012 at 7:07 am

No supprise but Hall County approves landfill for Deal supporter, the land joins Deal’s Salvage yard.

http://www.ajc.com/news/news/hall-county-approves-landfill-for-deal-supporter/nS2mc/

John Konop November 9, 2012 at 7:23 am

I keep hearing about how it was all about turn out from the GOP talking heads that refused to take a realistic view of the polls. The numbers are clear, minority votes are growing and obviously older white vote shrinks every presidential cycle. It is simple math! The GOP can either deal with the issue, or stay in denial.

The biggest issue the GOP faces is the base being driven by an echo chamber on TV and radio. The agenda for TV and radio is viewership not the country and or party. The GOP can keep playing to the echo chamber in the house via Jerry mandering. This will work for awhile, but eventually it is dying game.

The GOP could also help reform issues within the budget, healthcare, immigration…..with reforms within the framework. If they do that the party would become stronger and not become a regional based party over time.

John Konop November 9, 2012 at 10:01 am

If you disagree with me this was from Forbes magazine.

……….Why Romney Lost And Republicans Keep Losing……..

………Each speech, Republican candidates often competed for most religious, most “family values”, most pro-life. The definition of conservative has shifted from running a responsible government with a balanced budget to how many days a week you punched your attendance ticket at church. It borders on zealotry. If your credentials on abortion don’t go back at least five generations, you might be branded an apostate………….

http://www.forbes.com/sites/richardfinger/2012/11/09/why-romney-lost-and-republicans-keep-losing/

saltycracker November 9, 2012 at 5:59 pm

While I don’t entirely disagree, the Forbes article is a stretch of an opinion. And I refer to Forbes often. It was surprising that so high a number of folks still blame Bush for the economy and voted their social issues. You can’t fix stupid.

And speaking of that, I spit coffee all over when Romney said on national TV that he liked Snookie. He could have only topped that by using Honey Boo Boo’ s mom & her multiple “who’s your daddy” husbands as representing family values !

John Vestal November 9, 2012 at 7:38 am

Turns out Paul Broun (R – Userious?) held off still-dead write-in naturalist Charles Darwin by a 4-1 margin in Athens-Clarke voting. District-wide totals will be available next week.

Broun was asked about the tally, but was on his way to a routine trepanation/bloodletting and unable to comment.

xdog November 9, 2012 at 7:56 am

I cast a write-in for Darwin. Good man, data-driven. Shame he couldn’t win.

My earlier choice, Pete McCommunist, withdrew two weeks ago and endorsed Darwin.

chamblee54 November 9, 2012 at 8:50 am

An unnamed source says that Fox News is going to be renamed Wolf News Network, in honor of the little boy who cried.

tdk790 November 9, 2012 at 9:31 am

Doesn’t the buck stop with Secretary Kemp? We all knew how bad Fulton’s primary went. Did he really think taking Fulton’s word that they would “fix it” was enough?

Charlie November 9, 2012 at 9:48 am

1) Yes. 2) No/Didn’t appear to care.

Lea Thrace November 9, 2012 at 11:00 am

Agree with Charlie. Yes to 1. No to 2. No because (I think) some people in GA want Fulton to fail. For many reasons, including the whole Milton County reformation thing. For Kemp to step in and fix things would have meant no front page news about how much Fulton has “once again botched something else. See they cant be trusted.”

tdk790 November 9, 2012 at 11:45 am

Valid point. Assuming Kemp wants to run for something else, the lack of leadership on this doesn\’t help his case.

kyleinatl November 9, 2012 at 9:32 am

Movie-wise, The new Bond flick, “Skyfall” is out today, and some are calling it the best one in the entire series’ 50 year history. I’m still pretty partial to On Her Majesties’ Secret Service and Goldfinger myself, but I did love Casino Royale.

saltycracker November 9, 2012 at 9:50 am

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Three Jack November 9, 2012 at 9:58 am

Why isn’t the SecDef being called to testify about Benghazi?

SallyForth November 9, 2012 at 12:51 pm

The mainstream media is busy doing a giant happy dance all over TV, newspapers, the web – also take a look at the new Newsweek cover of “Obama the Conqueror” with our President dressed as Napoleon. One would think the election was a landslide and everything is now great for the U.S.

But has anybody taken a look at the stock markets? They went into free fall the morning after the election, have lost over 400 points November 7 and 8, and today have another big sell-off going on. We are getting a big fat vote of no confidence in the world of finance. It looks like our 401(k) and IRA savings are going to take it in the shorts. Does anybody have the number for that “put your money in gold” company…… Sheesh.

Lea Thrace November 9, 2012 at 1:55 pm

You do realize that the vast majority of the sell off has nothing to do with the election and everything to do with the downgrade in European forecasts???

Harry November 9, 2012 at 2:18 pm

Yeah sure.

John Konop November 9, 2012 at 2:33 pm

Harry,

The real issue with the market is concern about both parties cutting a deal over the budget…………….This is a game of chicken that will force both sides to seat down and cut a deal. I do think the concept of a lower flatter income tax rates with no special write-offs would be the best plan. And also eliminating payroll tax and replacing it with a VAT or national sales tax. Also beyond cuts to military, redundancy of agencies …… I would suggest the following reforms:

1) We deregulate healthcare and allows nurses to do more care than they do now
2) We use dial doc at emergency rooms for non emergency care of uninsured, cheaper and promote a referral system with drug stores who have nurses in house…………with co-pays to offset the cost
3) We create system that all must pay something for healthcare, if you do not appreciate the cost it is ripe for abuse
4) We eliminate payroll tax and Medicare tax and replace it with a national sales tax, it would create more revenue via job growth and use foreign tourist money to help pay for the program
5) We promote self insured healthcare exchanges across state lines it would save an estimated 10 to 20%
6) We have seniors and state workers buy their drugs from the VA, savings about 60%
7) We let consumers buy drugs from western countries like Canada……
8) We stop covering elective care procedures or raise co –pays for Medicare on this type of procedure.
9) We index the age of eligibility for entitlements based on life expectancy
10) We move younger work off SS gradually into an annuity type product they own

….. The wild card for the market today is Washington and the fiscal cliff — the mixture of government spending cuts and tax hikes set to take effect Jan. 1. Remarks today by President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner suggested there remain big differences in approach. Big enough, in fact, the Dow Jones industrials ($INDU +0.13%) briefly fell into the red after President Obama said a solution to the fiscal cliff had to be balanced — some tax increases and spending cuts…..

http://money.msn.com/market-news/post.aspx?post=782e76c9-c90c-4ab2-8fff-26b13b3b7d89

Harry November 9, 2012 at 5:32 pm

Agree with all your points. We need to seek out all such proposals to reduce monopolistic/oligopolistic behavior in the health sector which has grown due to unrestrained lobbying and legislative protection.

benevolus November 9, 2012 at 5:01 pm

The stock market is up 5000 points since 2009. I guess that’s a vote of confidence then.

Harry November 9, 2012 at 9:17 pm

All I’m saying is that sure, the market recovered from the 2008 selloff when it became apparent Obammy was going to be elected the first time, and since then not even tracked inflation…but since Tuesday it’s lost 3% of value. And we haven’t even gotten yet into the details of the looming deficit disaster and BO’s post election energy policy (or lack thereof).

saltycracker November 9, 2012 at 9:21 pm

That’s almost as meaningful as pointing out the market is not nearly back to the Bush highs ! :)

saltycracker November 9, 2012 at 9:24 pm

“Your comment is awaiting moderation.”

I was just kidding benevolus !

Noway November 9, 2012 at 4:13 pm

Bingo on the buying of scipts from western countries. I travel abroad all the time and buy all my meds overseas. I save over two thirds!!

saltycracker November 10, 2012 at 8:31 am

When competitive doors are open big pharma will respond at home and you’ll have more time to sightsee….

Harry November 10, 2012 at 4:19 pm
The Last Democrat in Georgia November 10, 2012 at 5:13 pm

“US will be downgraded again”

…Awesome.

Harry November 10, 2012 at 9:04 pm

I wonder if the Petraeus extramarital sex was a honey trap setup?

Harry November 10, 2012 at 9:19 pm
Harry November 11, 2012 at 10:02 pm

Interesting comment here from “Sumo” on ZH…

There’s another theory I’ve seen discussed among ex-military but not mentioned here: The Stevens killing was a staged kidnapping – Obama’s October surprise – gone badly wrong. According to this theory, the idea was for Stevens to be “taken hostage”, and Mr Nobel Peace Prize would free him after “delicate high-stakes” negotiations, and look like a hero, just before the election. But the kidnappers screwed up and killed the Ambassador.

It would explain the reduction in security, the stand-down orders blocking any CIA and military rescue, and the political weaving and ducking ever since…and explains why the deceased Seals received and ignored the infamous “stand down” order because all they knew was that fellow Americans were under fire…

Harry November 11, 2012 at 10:05 pm

It would also have presented a welcome opportunity (excuse) to turn over the Blind Sheik in exchange for Stephens.

analogkid November 11, 2012 at 10:51 pm

LOL.

Harry November 12, 2012 at 12:26 am

If the theory is wrong, then let Obama and the intelligence community be transparent as to what really did happen.

xdog November 12, 2012 at 8:37 am

Where’s Vince Foster when you need him?

Harry November 12, 2012 at 8:46 am

Dead men tell no tales.

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