Morning Reads for Thursday, Dec 13

December 13, 2012 6:42 am

by Bridget Cantrell · 36 comments

E L James I get, but how (I say HOW??) is Honey Boo Boo one of Barbara Walters’ 2012 Most Fascinating People??

Georgia

Inter/national

Whatevs

 

Ed is Amazing December 13, 2012 at 7:04 am

A) Yet you still hate on my H-BB.
ii) “Windowpane falls off 24th Floor of BB&T building” Gives new meaning to the lyric–”I make it rain on ya, like a windowpane.”
3) Maybe flying Delta internationally will be a little less annoying now.

Bridget December 13, 2012 at 7:17 am

It pains me that you won’t debate me on anything other than Honey Boo Boo or the Archdiocese stance on immigration reforms. I judge you.

Ed is Amazing December 13, 2012 at 7:54 am

How about… is Thomas Edward Patrick Brady Jr. the greatest American or greatest human of all time?

chamblee54 December 13, 2012 at 7:05 am
xdog December 13, 2012 at 7:24 am

That was a very cold story, 54. They’ll come get you for posting stuff like that.

As always, you’ve selected some first-rate photos. I like the one of the barber shop.

Daddy Got A Gun December 13, 2012 at 7:15 am

Florida may have raw numbers but we got a higher percent of our population with licenses. So there!

According the US Government Accounting Office, Georgia has 600K Weapons Licensees representing 11.5% of Georgians over 20 years old. Florida is only at 6.2% of their 20+ yo population.

Gun toters are a big constituency here in Georgia. Hopefully, they remember that Casey Cagle opposed allowing them to carry in more places and schools. He was quoted as saying “Let me be very, very clear. I have no appetite for that” http://onlineathens.com/stories/010609/new_374268576.shtml

xdog December 13, 2012 at 7:33 am

Pollster Whit Ayres says gopers have ‘run out of’ white voters and they either have to start engaging Latin voters or risk becoming a ‘regional party’. Start with immigration reform, he says, and don’t forget those Latino candidates either.

http://hispanicleadershipnetwork.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/RRHLNDec12HispanicMemo.pdf

Daddy Got A Gun December 13, 2012 at 7:50 am

The Republicans would be stupid to push amnesty (cue John McAmnesty).

First, doing so would ensure a tidal wave of new Hispanic voters who vote Democrat. Reagan did amnesty for 3M. Did that help the Republicans? Did it ever? Nope.

Second, the great Mexican Immigration Wave may be over and their/my demographic may have peaked. Michael Barone wrote in http://www.nationalreview.com/articles/335181/end-wave-michael-barone#

“Life in Mexico is not a nightmare for many these days. Beneath the headlines about killings in the drug wars, Mexico has become a predominantly middle-class country, as Jorge Castañeda notes in his recent book, Mañana Forever? Its economy is growing faster than ours.”

After 4 more years of pathetic Republicans and the Marxist, we all may grateful our border with Mexico is porous. It makes getting into Mexico and a job easier.

Ed is Amazing December 13, 2012 at 7:55 am

If they risk being a regional party only they’d be the party of the regions with the fastest population growth.

Just, fwiw.

Bob Loblaw December 13, 2012 at 9:23 am

Whit’s a bright guy. Folks ought to pay attention.

Jackster December 13, 2012 at 8:16 am

Brig – I used google’s “way back machine” feature (i.e. cached pages) to find the “Westinghouse has lost its mind” article.

I’ve shortened it, but it’s here: http://goo.gl/v4IJH

Bridget December 13, 2012 at 8:33 am

In addition to getting Rick-roll’d, you’ve taught me something new today, Jackster. Congratulations, you’re my new internet crush.

I put the the web address in the Google search box, then clicked on the double chevron on the right , then clicked on cached. Et voila! Brilliant.

I’m always trying to hone my e-stalking skills, so feel free to always share goodies like this.

Jackster December 13, 2012 at 8:55 am

Glad i could bring some enjoyment to your day today. Don’t lie – it’s a good song.

Jackster December 13, 2012 at 8:24 am

While I don’t really enjoy being taxed, I don’t enjoy having my state and communities in which I live take steps backwards, either.

So here’s my conundrum: Do our legislators and governor have the wherewithal to raise taxes in order to pay for services and regular programs? I mean we’ve cut most everything else, but I really honestly feel like an increase in revenue would not go where it would be most needed. It would probably go to some ridiculous program that would by political capital.

But alas, “fees” and “bed taxes” and other things will be more appealing because you’re not actually raising a tax to provide a service. However, that to me is what the government is in business for.

I only say this because I would rather have a higher tax rate than be $20 and $200′d (not nickle and dimed) whenever I need the state to do something so that I may comply with its laws.

atlanta_advocate December 13, 2012 at 8:38 am

A bigger problem – and the TSPLOST and stadium issues make this crystal clear – who defines “most needed”? It means different things to different people.

David Staples December 13, 2012 at 11:55 am

Yep. We’re about to pay a $50 permit fee for doing some electrical work at the farm. Gotta love asking for the government’s permission, and then having to get their approval once we’ve done the work. :-/

David Staples December 13, 2012 at 11:58 am

(Granted this is at the county level, not state…)

atlanta_advocate December 13, 2012 at 8:34 am

“F-22 Finale — Transfers mark demise of fighter program at Lockheed. 500 high-skill, high-paying jobs leaving Cobb.”

Any ideas how to replace them and get still more? Any leaders to put those ideas into place?

Incidentally, it is curious why Cory Booker, the mayor of a small, poverty-ridden, largely insignificant city, gets so much publicity, especially in these parts.

Bridget December 13, 2012 at 12:29 pm

The Oprah Effect. I had no idea who he was until his “Next Chapter” episode.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XNQMxAMCvlY

AA: Hon, you can be ANYone you want to be online – especially under your anonymous profile. Why do you choose to be mean little man? :/ Breathe, dude. It’s gonna be alright.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_I226Sfgs0s

atlanta_advocate December 13, 2012 at 3:10 pm

I didn’t realize that I was being mean. I apologize. But there have been several mentions of Booker on PP recently, including one just yesterday.

Noway December 13, 2012 at 8:39 am

If you liked Lea Michele in O Holy Night you have to hear her sing Auld Lang Syne. Best version I have ever heard. Do yourself a favor and go to You Tube now.

atlanta_advocate December 13, 2012 at 9:05 am

I don’t call patronizing anyone from the cast of “Glee” doing myself a favor. (And yes, I feel the same way about watching a guy accused of drugging and raping a woman sing “Mary Did You Know.” I am not a soldier in the culture war, but still. Come on people.)

Noway December 13, 2012 at 10:01 am

LOL! Have some coffee, AA. You sound grumpy this morning. I’ve never seen Glee and became aware of Michele only after seeing the movie, New Years Eve. It is a really good version of the song.

saltycracker December 13, 2012 at 9:44 am

Deal: No money for initiatives ? That’s how he got rid of Rogers – promising to fund his GPB initiative and probably not rolling some other card. Is that still good ? Did he doublecross him ?
Whoever comes up with the story behind the exodus will be the blogger of the year !

Charlie December 13, 2012 at 9:58 am

I think Galloway covered it fairly well in his last column before he began his vacation. I’m not sure there’s any reason to try and make this harder or more complicated than it is.

saltycracker December 13, 2012 at 10:42 am

If you are talking about this one:
http://blogs.ajc.com/political-insider-jim-galloway/2012/12/04/chip-rogers-exits-to-georgia-public-broadcastiing.

Then we had other news reporting that Deal agreed to fund the initiative that creates Rogers’ job and now the morning read that Deal might not fund initiatives.

Guess the dots just don’t connect in the flowing stories. And no, I don’t believe a better opportunity just came along with a public job for a newly re-elected uber-conservative Senator to resign (with a $250k war chest) & Deal to schedule a special election just in time.

xdog December 13, 2012 at 12:57 pm
saltycracker December 13, 2012 at 5:49 pm

Thanks – so it was a miracle…..So was the transition from, shouldna loaned us the money we couldn’t repay to don’t need money.
Nothing to see, movin’ on.

atlanta_advocate December 13, 2012 at 11:28 am

Not a Deal fan, but I don’t have a problem with Deal’s pronouncement. The public has stated that they do not want new taxes (via the T-SPLOST) to create the revenue for new programs, so that means no new programs. Or “initiatives.” Sometimes, certain GOPers have this thing where they allow people to believe that they can still have the programs – or initiatives – that they want without having to bother with raising the revenue needed to pay for it. If Deal is letting his cohorts under the gold dome know that he isn’t putting up with that sort of false advertising, good for him.

Meanwhile, local areas that are not opposed to raising the revenue that is needed for new initiatives via taxes (i.e. the ones where T-SPLOST actually passed) should not be held back from doing so by those that are not.

Scott65 December 13, 2012 at 11:45 am

Here’s the video econ lesson for today about taxes and deficits…

http://youtu.be/ABEM2r2QR_0

saltycracker December 13, 2012 at 6:04 pm

Is that the same guy that said there is no national debt because our nation can print the money ?

Mike Stucka December 13, 2012 at 1:04 pm

CD12 fight took nearly $10 million, with a majority of the money from independent expenditures

Noway December 13, 2012 at 1:28 pm

Just saw that there was a reporter who asked Chris Christie if he was ‘too fat’ to be prez. He says ‘no.’ What say you?

Stefan December 13, 2012 at 1:47 pm

His BMI is probably lower than Taft’s, and there is no constitutional limit on weight. I suppose you mean, do I think he weighs too much to be elected President? No, but it certainly does not help.

atlanta_advocate December 13, 2012 at 3:08 pm

Hmmm. Wonder why no one ever asked Obama if he was too liberal or too inexperienced to be president? The media “vets” one party and cheerleads for another. It so unfair …

The Last Democrat in Georgia December 14, 2012 at 12:58 am

Thanks for the news!

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