Morning Reads For Monday November 19, 2012

November 19, 2012 7:00 am

by Buzz Brockway · 19 comments

Georgia Items
- Presidents Adams (UGA) and Peterson (GT) agree the fiscal cliff is a bad thing.
- Tech, UGA students awarded Rhodes Scholarships.
- The Braves want the area around Turner Field developed.
- Georgia Legislative Black Caucus to join anti-charter amendment lawsuit.
- The Robert W. Woodruff Foundation donates $3 million to the Beltline trails.
- Georgia Supreme Court to release 20 opinions today.
- A petition exists to let Athens, Atlanta, Decatur, and Macon leave Georgia and stay in the U.S.

Among The Blogs
- Grift dips into the archives to make an appeal to the mighty middle.
- Colin Martin on the Boy Scouts.
- Cracker Squire on Petraeus, the President, and egomania.
- Georgia Political Review on the GOP and the Latino vote.
- Slyram on the simple life.

National/International Items
- Hostess is dead, is the Baker’s Union to blame? More seriously, is Union red tape holding up supplies to victims of Hurricane Sandy?
- The situation in Israel and Gaza is getting more and more dangerous. Anderson Cooper is unflappable.
- Canadian woman wants all oak trees cut down near her son’s school because of his nut allergy.
- San Francisco may finally be tired of all that public nudity.
- Hacker group Anonymous claims credit for crashing Romney’s ORCA system on election day.
- A look at turnover in State Legislatures.
- Marco Rubio raises $600,000 in Iowa. The 2016 race has begun.

Other Items
- Suddenly, UGA is in the National Championship mix. Of course games against Georgia Tech and Alabama loom but according to what I’ve read on the internet, those games are mere formalities and the Dawgs are poised to rout Notre Dame. #cleanoldfashionhate
- The Falcons had 6 turnovers but won anyway.
- Maryland will consider today whether or not to bolt the ACC and become a member of the Big 10, or B1G, or whatever they call themselves these days. Tech could join the B1G as well. Wait, What?
- UPDATE: Tech to play in ACC Championship.

Ed November 19, 2012 at 8:02 am

Seriously, has anyone here bought a Twinkie in 20 years? And then unions get the blame for Hostess’ demise? Really? They were probably the nail in the coffin but the company already declared bankruptcy in the last 10 years (twice previously, IIRC), it was horribly managed and they sell stuff no one buys but unions get the blame?

Like, how much more partisan can your interpretation get?

John Konop November 19, 2012 at 8:34 am

Ed,

The biggest issue with the company was pension liabilities, especially healthcare. The company offered 25 percent equity in trade for capping the liability ie lower contribution. The real issue is we are facing a healthcare crisis, unless we make some real adjustments it will effect all parts of the economy.

The biggest issue is healthcare care is rising way faster than GDP. Combine that with an aging population you have a very toxic formula. And as I said many times both sides have used this issue for politics over getting real with the voters. The solution does mean less coverage and higher fees, co-pays………instead of us solving the problem both sides spew about killing grandma, death panels……

In this case the union should if taken the deal, but at the end the above deal would of shifted liabilities to Medicare, which is running out of money. And the current coverage less and less, which pushes workers into government subsidies.

I have been dealing with healthcare issue for years as an executive for private companies. The cost has been rising faster than any company can afford, so at the end of the day real wages are flat to down……..via this cycle……..

saltycracker November 19, 2012 at 8:37 am

We already beat that horse, agreed on bad management and you still think extreme featherbedding is something that makes work more comfortable.

It took two sides to fail but the union sure put it into hyperdrive.

Buzz Brockway November 19, 2012 at 9:33 am

The lesson is never be the guy who drives the last nail in a coffin – you’ll get blamed for the death.

John Konop November 19, 2012 at 11:04 am

Buzz,

I agree they have taken the deal, but at the end if they did you realize tax payers would of subsidized the healthcare portion of the deal one way or another? The more we push on Medicare it only makes the problem worse. And the lower the wages the more government programs the workers receive from tax payers. And the less taxes the workers pay the more we cannot afford the programs…………..

Dave Bearse November 19, 2012 at 8:45 am

When Allen West finally has to accept that his Florida House seat bubble has burst, he’s got a place to go:

“I would be glad to have [West] come back to Georgia and at some point run here,” Georgia GOP chairwoman Sue Everhart told the AJC. “I would certainly try to help him because he has done his job. The way he ran his race didn’t in any way interfere with the job he did. He ran as a Republican, a conservative Republican.”

Allen West as a Georgia Congressman would complement certified wing nut Paul Broun in making Georgia representation people to avoid in crafting comprimise.

Chris Huttman November 19, 2012 at 9:08 am

I think we can put aside our partisan differences and agree the Falcons got LUCKY yesterday.

Jackster November 19, 2012 at 9:28 am

… against the cardinals. Being the long standing Falcons fan I am, I am not looking forward to the saints re-match.

Their fans are 1000x worse than those UGA bandwagoners.

Buzz Brockway November 19, 2012 at 9:58 am

Sometimes it’s better to be lucky that good. :-)

mountainpass November 19, 2012 at 9:09 am

The ACC looks to be in trouble.

saltycracker November 19, 2012 at 9:12 am

Ever since the Notre Dame announcement.

Ed November 19, 2012 at 9:15 am

Not sure how losing Maryland and MAYBE GT hurts the ACC especially with ND joining. If Pitt can be Pitt and after VT’s embarrassment of a year it won’t be too bad a conference with five strong football programs. Of course they’re doubling-down on basketball which I’m fine with.

Buzz Brockway November 19, 2012 at 9:57 am

Maryland athletics is in financial trouble. They recently shut down several of their sports programs so moving to the B1G could help them because of the bigger conference payouts – if they can avoid the $50 million ACC buyout.

saltycracker November 19, 2012 at 9:11 am

Terrorists tossing rogue nation supplied rockets into Israel is not a good idea.
Might be time to leave Israel alone and call out the suppliers.
Don’t think we’d like it if Cuba were lobbing Russian rockets into Florida.

benevolus November 19, 2012 at 3:11 pm

Cubans wouldn’t like it if we went in and took their houses from them either.

John Konop November 19, 2012 at 11:30 am

I got this e-mail from D.A King. The problem with the logic is had Romney even done as well as McCain he would be president today. The real issue should be how we cut a deal that best serves our country. And that deal should make sure immigration policy is based on us finding the best and brightest for our future. Also we must streamline the process for temporary workers and make sure all pay their way via taxes, insurance……Finally that the policy protects American workers so immigration is not a weapon to drive down wages.

From D.A KING

…………..Pro-amnesty GOP leaders should pay attention to history on amnesty for illegal aliens and the absurdity and folly of the latest position on “comprehensive immigration reform” from some in congress. We have already proven that amnesty only increases illegal immigration. But not GOP voting numbers. In his run for re-election in 1984, Ronald Reagan promised legalization. And got 37 percent of the Hispanic vote.

In 1988, just two years after the GOP actually delivered the “one-time” amnesty, Republican presidential candidate George H.W. Bush lost the Latino vote by 39 points. Ever-pandering GOP Texan George W. Bush, who promised amnesty in his 2004 re-election campaign, got less than 40 percent of the Hispanic vote.

Republican John McCain got 31 percent of the Latino vote despite his desperate foreign-language radio campaign promise of amnesty “on day one” in 2008.

The record low was Bob Dole at 21 percent in 1996 against incumbent Bill Clinton, who had just implemented landmark, effective border enforcement with “Operation Gatekeeper,” a massive project announced in 1994 “to restore integrity and safety to the nation’s busiest border” that secured the American/Mexican border in San Diego. An action that outraged the illegal alien lobby then and still does today.

Pro-enforcement Democrat Clinton won in a landslide. With 72 percent of the Hispanic vote.

Documenting millions of undocumented Democrats is a ridiculous approach to electing a conservative president or saving the remnants of the Republican Party.

Apparently, panicked leaders in the GOP are attempting to prove “those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” Again.

“Hispanics” are not a monolithic voting bloc. But they do largely vote big-government Democrat. Rather than what’s best for the republic, far too many voters support the candidate that promises the most entitlements (loot). Hispanics included. In any language, it is 20th century Democrat President John F. Kennedy’s “Ask not what your country can do for you — ask what you can do for your country” in reverse.

What is the message to the patriotic, rule-of-law, conservative Hispanic-Americans — including those who are real, legal immigrants — who do support Republicans if the GOP surrenders to the ongoing extortion from the illegal alien lobby?

Reliable evidence makes it clear that generally, “Hispanics” are a fairly liberal voting group. Just 12 percent of Latinos polled supported a cuts-only approach to deficit reduction. Only 25 percent want to repeal Obamacare. Only 31 percent said they’d be more likely to vote for a Republican who supports the DREAM Act.

SOLUTION? Enforcement works. Legalization, by any name, is not the answer.
The reasonable and workable solution to America’s illegal immigration crisis is to secure our borders, as is required by the constitution, insure that all temporary visa holders leave the U.S. on time and as agreed in their visa process and to enforce all of our immigration, benefits and employment laws. It has taken more than thirty years for this nationally-suicidal nightmare to develop. There is no overnight fix. The fact is that illegal aliens flee areas in which the law is enforced. Please tell your elected officials at all levels: Attrition through Enforcement works! A steady, gradual attrition of the illegal population through enforcement of the law is the reasonable answer……………..

Jackster November 19, 2012 at 3:07 pm

As long as you have a sub class of citizens, your society is weakened. They need to be integrated into society and treated as Americans; do that, don’t let them vote as a penalty, and then be done with it. And that goes for everyone moving forward.

Our immigration “problem” is a good one to have – it means our country sucks less than mexico.

So they’re like refugees.

Three Jack November 19, 2012 at 5:51 pm

DA should hookup with Dan Becker and both of them just go away. The GOP would see immediate improvement in status with these 2 no longer influencing party activities.

AMB November 19, 2012 at 11:35 am

I’ve been in the illegal alien lobby. It’s very tastefully decorated.

Nobody at any level of government should listen to or heed D.A. King.

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