Morning Reads for Friday, July 19, 2013

July 19, 2013 6:50 am

by Obi's Sister · 13 comments

Here:
- Rep. David Scott calling for the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to resign over Atlanta’s VA Hospital fiasco.
- Questions, again, on Governor Deal’s car salvage operation.
- What? There’s a speed limit on I-285?
- Is that a cannon ball in your pocket, or are you just happy to see me?
- Great. Just in time for September’s Peach Pundit BBQ TourDanielsville Police get their radar back. Drive frosty, Punditeers.

There:
-Who is Angela Corey and why should you care?
- Detroit files for bankruptcy.
- Strongly worded memo.
- Liz Cheney announces Senate run in Wyoming.
- The IRS is becoming more and more like a blunt object to be used against any and all.
- The TSA is another.
- Can the DOJ really force Florida to hold all that evidence from the show trial?
- Could “This Town” be the new “The Help?”
- Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak and remove all doubt.

Random Everywhere:
- Kids bored? Head north past Blue Ridge for Tank Town USA.
- The three degrees of government snoops.
- That Other Charlie Harper is a grandpa.
- Just because.

Dash Riptide July 19, 2013 at 9:03 am

Angela Corey loves the spotlight. Unfortunately, reciprocity eludes her.

David Staples July 19, 2013 at 9:49 am

Tim Bryant just mentioned on his show that 17 years ago today was the opening ceremonies for the Olympics in Atlanta. Wow, can’t believe it’s already been that long ago!

xdog July 19, 2013 at 10:01 am

Dispatch from Outer Randpaulistan: Colorado town considers paying bounties on drones.
http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/07/18/us-usa-colorado-drones-idUSBRE96H02120130718

In case you don’t have enough to worry about, Faux News warns Al-Qaeda could ‘hack your car & crash it’.
http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2013/07/16/fox-news-warns-al-qaeda-could-hack-your-car-crash-it/

TBogg responds hilariously.
http://tbogg.firedoglake.com/2013/07/18/muslims-to-remotely-change-all-of-your-car-radio-presets-to-shariarock-top-40-stations/

Ellynn July 19, 2013 at 12:06 pm
John Vestal July 19, 2013 at 2:45 pm
sockpuppet July 19, 2013 at 3:37 pm

I hope the Detroit bankruptcy case ends the “Atlanta is the next Detroit” nonsense. I wish the AJC would discuss the topic and do some comparisons but they won’t because debunking the invalid comparisons is exactly what the suburban readers that the AJC is trying to chase don’t want to hear.

To make it as simple as possible:
1. where Detroit has projected deficits of at least $18 billion and hasn’t had a balanced budget in decades, Atlanta’s budget is running a surplus.
2. where Detroit’s population has dropped from 1.8 million to 700,000 and is still falling Atlanta’s population decline bottomed out from a high of 497,000 in the 1970s to 394,000 in the early 1990s and is now at 443,775.

The latter portion is key. Atlanta’s population increased by over 22,000 people between 2010-2012, and this was during a very slow recovery from a horrible recession that hit Atlanta harder than a lot of other metro areas (in part because so much of Atlanta’s economic boom in the first place was driven by first time homebuyers and the refusal to regulate the banking/mortgage industry in the way that RED STATE TEXAS DID, which was why Texas never really felt the effects of the mortgage bubble). Even if that rate remains the same, Atlanta could cross the 500,000 barrier for the first time ever before Kasim Reed and Nathan Deal finish their second terms.

Ultimately, folks who keep calling Atlanta “the next Detroit” really have no idea what they are talking about.

Harry July 19, 2013 at 4:21 pm

The Olympics came at exactly the right moment for Atlanta. They started to believe in the future of the city.

saltycracker July 19, 2013 at 5:05 pm

Atlanta is no Detroit, doesn’t have a debt of $18 billion, is holding on to population and it’s appeal/health is important to suburbanites. The challenge to Atlanta is the quality of public schools, infrastructure and public safety/lifestyle. Is the City focused on public jobs or public services ?

The City has appeal to a section of the population like the affluent – kids in private schools or singles/couples – no kids. At the other end of the spectrum it attracts those expecting/needing some public support. For the working, City life sucks up a lot of disposable income and comes with some “in your space” issues.

For the ‘burbs to fall on hard times requires the demographics of families with middle class incomes to dramatically diminish. Metro Atlanta has some jewels around it and businesses would do well to locate where their workers prefer to be, city or ‘burbs and allow the entire area to prosper, city & ‘burbs.

saltycracker July 19, 2013 at 5:37 pm

Detroit: it ain’t over until it is over – those owned billions – the main ones being public worker pension & benefit plans – will challenge the state constitutionality of the City to declare bankruptcy – preferring the City liquidate assets and impose draconian taxes to get what was promised to them. Property will be as popular as an empty time share complex raising assessments.

John Vestal July 19, 2013 at 5:20 pm
Scott65 July 19, 2013 at 7:38 pm

“Now listen, we made clear when we took over, that we weren’t going to be doing commemorative legislation on the floor. A lot of changes. In addition to that, most Americans think we have too many laws. And what they want us to do is repeal more of those. So I reject the premise to the question.”

John Boenhner should look in the mirror and read comments like this to himself before he goes public. We dont need new laws…we need less laws, yeah thats right, less laws…someone should inform dumb azz that you have to pass a law to repeal one…and he is Speaker of the House.

saltycracker July 20, 2013 at 9:56 pm

Colbert on the Asiana crash -truth is stranger than fiction….and funnier….

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_XtpYGHJ34w

analogkid July 22, 2013 at 6:30 am

That is fantastic.

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