Morning Reads for Friday, March 8, 2013

March 8, 2013 6:43 am

by Obi's Sister · 29 comments

Here:
– Bills that made it through Crossover Day.
– Galloway on the coveted new stadium, chapter 256.
Well, there you go. Charlie smells the funny math.
– Mark Bradley thinks Gonzalez will be back, among other prognostications.
– The sky is falling! The sky is falling! Not.
– Over 403 applicants for the 6 vacated DeKalb School Board seats.
– Complementing HB517, a Georgia beer bar nabs high national honors.
– Oh noes! Everybody’s Pizza at Emory to CLOSE. Sad times.

There:
– Gloom, dispair and agony on THEM. Keep that story straight, peeps.
– Is that a drone in your pocket or you just happy to see me?
– In related news, Sen. Rand Paul’s filibuster Wednesday actually got an answer out of AG Holder on the issue of drone attacks on US soil. One word. Let’s see how long until he breaks it.

Random Everywhere:
Let’s starve!
– Dunkin’ Donuts employee fends off a potential robbery.
Five commandments of the internet. Well, there are more, but these five are a start.

Ed March 8, 2013 at 7:22 am

BIG NEWS BREAKING: Moldovan government resigns following no confidence vote!

This will have major implications on…something, I guess.

Ed March 8, 2013 at 7:30 am

Also, today’s music is Built to Spill’s live version of “Cortez the Killer”. Far better 20 minutes of rock than In A Gadda Da Vida.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=abve2atHs68

analogkid March 9, 2013 at 12:32 am

Thanks for posting this. Their live album is the only one I don’t own, and I will rectify that error soon.

xdog March 8, 2013 at 9:00 am

Alvin Lee of Tens Years After is goin’ home at age 68.
http://blutarsky.wordpress.com/2013/03/08/musical-palate-cleanser-goin-home-edition/

Noway March 8, 2013 at 9:35 am

Has Everybody’s already closed? If not a trip is in order.

Ed March 8, 2013 at 9:57 am

Next couple of weeks it is. I forget exact date but its before the end of the month.

Noway March 8, 2013 at 10:01 am

Thanks, Ed. This weekend it is for me then. Just damn. Places like this are not supposed to close. I haven’t been in years, but that’s not the point. Places associated positively with our alma maters are always supposed to be there.

John Vestal March 8, 2013 at 9:57 am

Heard March 19 is the last day….sad.

Anyone go back far enough to remember Everybody’s “pre-expansion”? They expanded/remodeled ’81 or so….before that it was considerably smaller. I can distinctly recall some long waits….once 45 mins in the rain….for a table or a particular acutely-angle corner “booth” after driving over from GT (Ponce→Lullwater→N Decatur). Well-worth the wait.

griftdrift March 8, 2013 at 11:39 am

Showing you’re age, John. Remember the fire?

John Vestal March 8, 2013 at 12:04 pm

I had an alibi.

bgsmallz March 8, 2013 at 9:42 am

” Over 403 applicants for the 6 vacated DeKalb School Board seats.”….How can you post that without a follow up naming WHO is on that list…I saw one name that I was at the same time excited and disappointed. Excited because I think he would be excellent. Disappointed because I love reading his well-thought posts on the DeKalb Co. BOE.

noparty March 8, 2013 at 10:37 am
bgsmallz March 8, 2013 at 11:20 am

I’ve read the list. I was referring to the fact that one Michael Hassinger of Atlanta that is included in the 403 names.

Obi's Sister March 8, 2013 at 11:47 am

Can you just imagine the committee meetings?!

noparty March 8, 2013 at 10:38 am
Scott65 March 9, 2013 at 3:20 am

I knew she didnt have what it takes when she left an easy reelection to the house to run for senate. A race she had no chance to win. But, we should all be grateful for the one thing she did that we can all agree was good…she knocked off Cynthia McKinney in the house race they competed in…she should get a pass just for that alone

noparty March 8, 2013 at 10:45 am

Pretty good jobs report. Would have been better had the public sector not cut 10,000 jobs. A few more jobs reports like this and the unemployment rate will be down to 7% and the underemployment rate below 14% by the summer. And the long term trend line of “slow but steady progress” is decent also.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/business/2013/03/08/february-employment-report/1971511/

Vicki March 10, 2013 at 11:31 am

Well, let’s see, Obama produced a chart in 2009 that said his “stimulus” would bring us to about 5.2% official unemployment now. But the “official” rate is now 7.7% — and the ACTUAL unemployment rate U-6 is 14.3%. That’s the real number for total unemployed, plus all persons marginally attached to the labor force, plus total employed part time for economic reasons, as a percent of the civilian labor force plus all persons marginally attached to the labor force.

So that 7.7% figure the breathless news reporters are giving you is wrong. They’re understating by about 50% the actual unemployment rate. 7.7% is 54 percent of 14.3 percent… and 46% is a fairly large margin of error or “understatement.”

Vicki March 10, 2013 at 11:34 am

And of course, if you’d like some REALLY hard numbers, take a look at the ShadowStats alternate unemployment charts, which peg the rate at around 23%: http://www.shadowstats.com/alternate_data/unemployment-charts

“The seasonally-adjusted SGS Alternate Unemployment Rate reflects current unemployment reporting methodology adjusted for SGS-estimated long-term discouraged workers, who were defined out of official existence in 1994. That estimate is added to the BLS estimate of U-6 unemployment, which includes short-term discouraged workers.”

John Vestal March 8, 2013 at 10:47 am

Just a bit over 50 hours (yes, adjusted for DST) until I look like this → avatar yet again for St. Baldrick’s.

Cancer steals lives. KIDS’ CANCERS steal LIFETIMES! St. Baldrick’s has made over $100M in grants to the folks fighting to stop the thievery!

$50? $20? $10? It all counts! Donate here! Thanks!

Charlie March 8, 2013 at 11:00 am

Oh crap. Somebody forgot something. Give me a few minutes….

Engineer March 8, 2013 at 11:26 am

http://www.albanyherald.com/news/2013/mar/08/hospital-authority-bill-fails-meet-crossover-deadl/

“The bill that would have changed Georgia law to reflect a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision and make it easier for hospital authorities across the state to buy and sell hospitals without antitrust scrutiny from the federal government will have to sit idle until next January before it will have a shot at becoming law.”

I’m still curious what is going to happen in regards to the Phoebe-Palmyra merger unmerger…..

The Last Democrat in Georgia March 8, 2013 at 11:32 am

Thanks for the news, Obi’s Sister.

Rambler14 March 8, 2013 at 1:06 pm

http://www.ajc.com/weblogs/political-insider/2013/mar/08/your-daily-jolt-house-members-demand-know-how-many/

A bid to drastically reduce the budget of Fulton County government by raising the homestead exemption rate failed to win the required two-thirds majority last night.

Under the proposal introduced by House Speaker pro tem Jan Jones, R-Milton, the homestead exemption would double to $60,000 by 2017.

The measure needed 120 votes, but received only 119. House Majority Whip Edward Lindsey, R-Atlanta, immediately called for another vote on Monday.

Why? Because by then, Republican David Stover, who won a runoff for House District 71 on Tuesday, will have been sworn in by then.

saltycracker March 8, 2013 at 3:45 pm

They’ll get a lot of millage (sic) out of that…….but it is move in the right direction…..

Will Durant March 8, 2013 at 3:38 pm

OK you insiders. To quote the late, great Slim Pickens, “What in the wide, wide world of sports is goin’ on heah?”

http://www.ajc.com/news/news/local-govt-politics/former-gdot-chief-gena-evans-leaving-state-governm/nWmNL/

Gena Evans resigned and Gov. Deal has already announced her replacement so it couldn’t have been a surprise for the Governor, though it is to me. Coincidentally or not the HOT lane roast er… GDOT public hearings on extending the I-85 HOT lanes are less than 2 weeks away.

saltycracker March 8, 2013 at 9:47 pm

The stock market is making me feel like early 2007 wondering why I wasn’t fully leveraged on real estate except now it is equities. The smart guys are calling the Feds keeping the pedal to the medal of pumping money in, a heroin drip market and it’ll continue getting higher until they stop. Then look out – darn, anyone know a genius market timer ?

Harry March 8, 2013 at 11:08 pm

Good point. We all remember how they were pumping the mortgage market in 2007. Liar loans and negative amortization were the name of the game. A good part of that $85 Billion that the Fed is injecting into the economy every month is ending up in debt and equity markets.

Scott65 March 9, 2013 at 3:23 am

THe municipal broadband bill went down in flames…and it seems Rep Mark Hamilton’s top donors are:
Top Industries
Uncoded $21,940.00
Insurance $7,750.00
Lawyers & Lobbyists $6,800.00
Health Professionals $5,950.00
Telecom Services & Equipment $4,950.00 ***ding ding ding
Public Education Policy $4,000.00
Candidate Committees $2,750.00
General Contractors $2,500.00
Real Estate $2,500.00
Oil & Gas $2,000.00
Business Services $2,000.00
Railroads $2,000.00
Air Transport $1,850.00
Automotive $1,850.00
Tobacco companies & tobacco product sales $1,500.00
Pharmaceuticals & Health Products $1,450.00
Food & Beverage $1,350.00
Business Associations $1,150.00

He should have a primary target for that horrible bill

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