Morning Reads for Friday, March 15, 2013

“Beware the Ides of March…” – William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar, Act I, Scene II

– Like a slow drain, bills are slowly trickling their way through the Georgia House and Senate.
– There’s not a rug big enough in Georgia to sweep this scandal under.
– Metro Atlanta’s unemployment rate rises “unexpectedly.”
– Meet your 2014 Teacher of the Year finalists.
Carver’s to close at the end of March. Their website says they will reopen in a nearby location in the fall.

– Scientists in Geneva believe they have discovered the elusive Higgs boson, or “God” particle. Wasn’t that one of those really bad Star Trek movies?
– I love the smell of CPAC in the morning. Rand Paul said the GOP is stale and moss-covered. Ents worldwide were not amused.
– What could go wrong? Actually, a lot.
– So hiding your money under the mattress isn’t such a bad idea after all, is it?
The Argument Room.
– Sweet bail-out. Dentists everywhere rejoice.

Random Everywhere:
– Be careful little minds what you think
– Yay! A food quiz!


  1. Nonchalant says:

    The “assault weapons”** ban has passed the appropriate committee. When Kasim Reed gets his dream of a Democratic Georgia, do not think it will be the old Democratic party. He certainly enjoys working for national-level Democrats, so I would expect whatever you see happening on the national stage be attempted here.

    Who wouldn’t want to turn the state into California, or Michigan, or Massachusetts? Resistance is futile, apparently. We will simply be assimilated into Progressive conformity.

    Or, at least, I don’t hear Georgia Democrats disagreeing with much the national-level Democrats do, so I hope I’m pardoned for thinking that will be the outcome of any Democratic victory in this state.

    *A true assault rifle is auto-capable, and can be distinguished from the so-called “battle rifle” (such as the M-1 Garand) by the relative lack of emphasis on long range shooting capability.

  2. Nonchalant says:

    In other news–on page B6 of the WSJ there is an article on the new patent laws taking effect soon. My personal perspective is that what Congress was trying to do was make big business happy, and “suck up” and conform to the rest of the world (because why should we defend the notion of American Exceptionalism?), and if that put a knife in the lone inventor or small business, or tilted the scales against them, hey, as long as society gets the benefit of the idea, it doesn’t matter what happens to the little guy, right? I’ve always taken that as the European view. I’m sorry it is apparently becoming the American one.

    We are becoming the Byzantine Empire.

    • Nonchalant says:

      I feel this post needs a little something else, but can’t quite put my fingers on it. Too bad, but such is life.

  3. David C says:

    It wasn’t so much as a partical as a planet with God on it in the Center of the Galaxy, who, surprisingly, turned out to be not so much god as some imprisoned alien whatever who started making trouble. Movie’s bad, but I will appreciate it for this movie review from someone on the Christian right:

    “An interesting film with some spiritual perspectives raised including the search for meaning and purpose in life which we can all relate to. The renegade Vulcan Sybok symbolises our own personal quest for meaning and purpose in life. The “great barrier” symbolises the great barrier of sin that separates man from God and the “God figure” they eventually find (actually not God at all—which Kirk correctly points out—but some evil alien being) symbolises the futility of our search for God without Christ. This film would have been even better if Kirk had not stopped at the end merely by saying (correctly) “God is found in the heart” but had told us how to find true meaning and purpose in a relationship with the true God of the universe (by repenting and accepting the Lord Jesus Christ)!”

  4. Ed says:

    You know what would be awesome? If someone were politically assassinated today/exiled to “Siberia”.

  5. bowersville says:

    About that sequestration cut in spending:

    Republicans have been most prominent in seeking relief. Sen. Jerry Moran wants to shift $50 million to protect contract air-traffic control towers important to rural states like his own Kansas. Prompted by threatened layoffs at the Tobyhanna Army Depot, Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) was on the floor Thursday, proposing to add $60 million back into military operations accounts by raiding the Pentagon’s biofuels program.

    Read more:

  6. saltycracker says:

    Interesting links but we are getting a bit esoteric with minimal hints as to the subject and who has the time to click on a random word link ?

    The sugar industry has always been interesting as the Feds pump so much money or cheap water into an industry involving a lot of foreign interests. The article was concerning support for loan paybacks. Never understood why we don’t price support – if needed – via tariffs on imports.

  7. John Konop says:

    Is he a Rhino or a real person dealing with reality?

    …………GOP’s Rob Portman announces support for same-sex marriage……….

    …….His son said that his sexuality was “not a choice, it was who he is and that he had been that way since he could remember,” Portman told during an interview in his Washington, D.C. office.

    “It allowed me to think of this from a new perspective, and that’s of a dad who loves his son a lot and wants him to have the same opportunities that his brother and sister would have – to have a relationship like Jane and I have had for over 26 years,” Portman told reporters during that interview……..

    • Bob Loblaw says:

      I wonder if someone that’s a conservative Republican today that decided they were “coming out” on supporting gay marriage will automatically become a RINO to conservative Republicans? I hope someone catalogs his current “scores” by conservative groups and his approval numbers up until this event. It would be an interesting poli-sci study to see how this fact is absorbed by conservative Republicans. Whatever support he loses will serve as a barometer for other conservative Republicans as to whether or not they can “go there”.

      • John Konop says:


        Oddly the father of the conservative movement Goldwater was not a social conservative. And Reagan was famous for insuring gay Americas rights were not abused in California. I am not gay, but I have friends, friends with kids……..who are gay. Do not understand how people can use religion based on LOVE to promote hate?

        ……….Reagan’s position on gay rights has been a subject of controversy. In the late 1970s he wrote a response in his LA Herald-Examiner column to the organization backing the California Briggs Initiative, stating that he opposed the proposed ban on gay public school teachers.[18] Reagan’s daughter, Patti Davis, wrote an article in the New York Times where she recalled her father talking about Rock Hudson’s homosexuality in an accepting and tolerant manner.[19]….

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