Morning Reads for Friday, February 1, 2013

February 1, 2013 6:00 am

by Obi's Sister · 20 comments

Here:
State archive transfer planning begins.
– Of course, Fulton officials see no problems with their elections performance.
eVerify. Who needs it?
– University of North Georgia hosts Holocaust exhibit.
Thirteen Georgia firms rank up the Top 150 Workplaces.
– SACS says Clayton school situation improving.
– Some Georgia sheriffs oppose the latest federal gun control legislation.
Chip Rogers’ first day at the new job.

There:
– Sprint/Softbank merger held up by DOJ.
– I mean really, who needs air defense? Everything’s just fine, right?
– Remember back in the day when you got a raise? And you were threatened not to speak about it to your peers? Soon it may be illegal, but then again, you would have to get a raise to be able to talk about it, right?
– In UK, you can sue for flight delays.
– DHS is really on the ball with this one.
– New SoS John Kerry makes it legal … hires his Boston Globe mouthpiece to be his “official” spokesperson.
– I <3 Ted Cruz.
Our government at work.
[UPDATES]
– Former NYC mayorEd Koch died of heart failure. He was 88.
Earl Williams, former Braves catcher, has died of leukemia. He was teammates with Hank Aaron and Phil Niekro, then went on to play with the Baltimore Orioles, the Montreal Expos and the Oakland Athletics. Earl was the 1971 Rookie of the Year.

Random Everywhere:
Twitter for grown-ups.
Take that, you ninnybot gooberhead!
– What’s in a name? Well, in Iceland you may have to sue to use the one you want.

PSA: There’s some football game this weekend. Maybe we’ll start an open thread later…if anyone cares.

Max Power February 1, 2013 at 9:17 am

I mean really, who needs air defense? Everything’s just fine, right?

These things aren’t for air defense they’re for fighting the drug war, which isn’t something we should be doing anyway.

- I <3 Ted Cruz.

Ted Cruz is an idiot. Calling John Kerry and Chuck Hagel “not ardent fans” of the military. Hey Cruz, maybe if the government sent you to South East Asia to fight a war that shouldn’t be fought you might be a little realistic in your view of the military. Putz.

Harry February 1, 2013 at 9:24 am

It was amazing how Cruz hammered Hagel yesterday. Amazing.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=zpAaP_Zoa00

Cruz ain’t no Putz, Putz.

Ed February 1, 2013 at 9:50 am

Hi-yo!

The kabuki theater of Senate confirmation hearings are such a joke. Bloviation from oleaginous mountebacks at its worst with no impact on their final vote.

:yawnz:

saltycracker February 1, 2013 at 10:35 am

Sometimes when you are right and pound it home it becomes just theater……

Max Power February 1, 2013 at 9:56 am

He’s not only a putz, he’s so obviously looking for a spot on the 2016 ticket it’s shameful.

Three Jack February 1, 2013 at 10:39 am

Good for Cruz, bout time GOPers showed a little backbone. McCain and Graham (both serve or have served in the military) should be applauded as well for their questions of Hagel. While it may be theatre and Hagel will eventually be confirmed, it is worthwhile to expose the former senator for the crackpot that he is based on his own comments/actions. Still waiting for him to admit he was wrong about the Iraq surge.

Baker February 1, 2013 at 10:57 am

TJ: Boy I couldn’t agree more, too bad the crackpot/ liar Biden not only got away with 30-40 years of ridiculous comments and actions, he got elected Vice President…twice. Shameful.

bowersville February 1, 2013 at 3:09 pm

The Iraqi surge:

“I give huge credit to the Iraqis who stood up to al-Qaeda. Maybe 75-80% of the credit for the success in the counterinsurgency fight in Ramadi goes to the Iraqi people who stood up to al-Qaeda and joined us in common cause. But, make no mistake, there would have been no Anbar Awakening without the US Forces.”

Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/hagel-was-right-about-the-iraq-surge-2013-1#ixzz2Jg71LCOZ

Hagel tried to speak of the Anbar Awakening. McCain cut him off. But then you have this:

“The 9/11 congressional inquiry in the most comprehensive inquiry to date into the attacks makes no link between Iraq and al-Qaeda, except for a passing reference in the testimony of CIA director George Tenet…”

Read more: http://www.time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,472023,00.html#ixzz2Jg86fnn5

And from today’s news from Iraq, February 1, 2013, reported by FOX:

Al-Qaida has expressed support for the protests. On Friday, an Al Qaeda-affiliated group, the Islamic State of Iraq, called on Sunnis to resort to violence against the government.

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/world/2013/02/01/sunnis-in-iraq-stage-anti-government-protests-as-al-qaida-front-urges-them-to/#ixzz2JgAS91LK

But FOX leaves out January’s violent death tolls in Iraq:

“Figures showed that January was Iraq’s deadliest month since September, with attacks nationwide killing 246 people, implying that insurgents are seeking to capitalise on the political instability.”

http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/fresh-rallies-in-iraq-as-al-qaeda-urges-uprising.aspx?pageID=238&nID=40336&NewsCatID=352

So we fight a war based on misleading intelligence, argue over a surge and the Al-Qaeda operatives that had no ties to Saddam that led the insurgency after we sent our soldiers into Iraq is still at it. I know it’s confusing, I don’t get it myself.

Baker February 1, 2013 at 7:04 pm

Waiting to give someone a ride, bored so…I’ll bite:

Most of the problems with Hagel I think arise far more from what he has said about Israel, what he has said about Iran, and an unwillingness to call out a host of terrorist groups.

Regardless of what you think about the surge, Hagel was in an extreme minority on the issues I mentioned above, most of which he’s now attempting to back away from.

bowersville February 1, 2013 at 8:09 pm

These are the words of Senator Ted Cruz, Republican of Texas on the concerns you mention. Senator Cruz will be voting no.

http://www.politico.com/story/2013/02/chuck-hagels-confirmation-day-conversion-87046.html?hp=l15

bowersville February 2, 2013 at 1:05 pm

Here’s an interesting development. From the Cruz letter linked in my other comment:

“Hagel…advised U.S. leaders to engage in direct negotiations with rogue nations and hostile terrorist groups, and expressed remarkable antagonism towards the longstanding U.S. alliance with Israel…” expressed as one of Cruz’s explanations for voting against Hagel.

And from Joe Biden in this mornings news:

“We have made it clear at the outset that we would be prepared to meet bilaterally with the Iranian leadership, we would not make it a secret that we were doing that, we would let our partners know if that occasion presented itself. That offer stands, but it must be real and tangible and there has to be an agenda that they are prepared to speak to. We are not just prepared to do it for the exercise.”

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/02/02/us-iran-nuclear-idUSBRE91107720130202

It will be interesting to see how Israel responds to potential bi-lateral talks and how Congress reacts.

mountainpass February 1, 2013 at 9:57 am

The Georgia Sheriffs’ Association has met and voted. It was an unanimous. https://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn1/536981_603330979693936_243144859_n.jpg

It is posted at the bottom corner of their homepage as well. http://www.georgiasheriffs.org/Display.asp?Page=home

mountainpass February 1, 2013 at 10:04 am

They also voted to not send the National Sheriffs’ Association the $2500 they normally do in protest of them supporting the president’s “civilian disarmament program.”

Ed February 1, 2013 at 9:59 am

The GSA thinks they have supremacy over the federal government? Well bless their hearts.

mountainpass February 1, 2013 at 10:06 am

That’s not what it says Ed.

John Vestal February 1, 2013 at 10:04 am

The IRS has released its proposed regulations (.pdf file) pertaining to the individual mandate tax/penalty of Obamacare (the IRS calls it “shared responsibility payments”, komrades).

Happy reading.

(h/t Jamie Dupree/AJC)

saltycracker February 1, 2013 at 10:53 am

Why ? Odds are the IRS does not have the manpower or will to enforce it – it is a voluntary tax.

The clause needed is the right of providers, like hospitals, to deny or accept care to the uninsured beyond emergency stability.

saltycracker February 1, 2013 at 10:37 am
mountainpass February 1, 2013 at 12:37 pm

GeorgiaCarry.Org gets Carroll County to remove “firearms” from it’s Emergency Management Ordinance: http://times-georgian.com/view/full_story/21581991/article-Commissioners–%E2%80%98Firearms%E2%80%99-to-come-off-ordinance?instance=TG_home_story

Harry February 2, 2013 at 11:49 am

The members of Reddit raised $14,000 to buy this guy more gear to do his job
http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=e06_1359380173

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