Morning Reads for Friday, September 27, 2013

– When Carol & Willie Fowler’s daughter canceled her wedding, her family decided to throw the reception anyway. They fed 200 of Atlanta’s poor and homeless at Villa Christina. Great story.
– Georgia’s voter ID law not so bad after all, even for the serial perjurers.
Savannah-Chatham Police Chief in hot water.
Wild hogs in Lithonia.
– Feds question “weed & seed” funny money.
A new tornado alley. Yay. (Warning – video starts immediately)
– Surprise. $67 Million missing from ACA slush fund.

IRS uses 1884 law to justify trying to regulate tax preparers.
– The whole Obamamess in one easy picture.
“Systemic weaknesses in the granting of federal security clearances.” What? You have a problem with that?
Lindsey Graham having trouble with those pesky constituents.
Sorry Google, it’s true that most folks don’t like being spied on.
– Loook! Kittens!

Random Everywhere:
A star is born. Sorta.
– Uh…Eww.
Grandma lives on… in Google street view.
– Leonard Hofstadter unavailable for comment.


  1. benevolus says:

    Pathetic story about voter ID, and fyi, they didn’t commit perjury. So it’s a bad lead-in to a bad story. Congratulations on this fine contribution to informing the public.

  2. CJBear71 says:

    From the Treasury Dept report on ACA funds:
    “TIGTA also found that the IRS did not track all costs associated with implementation of the ACA including costs not charged to the HIRIF. Specifically, the IRS did not account for or attempt to quantify approximately $67 million of indirect ACA costs incurred for Fiscal Years 2010 through 2012. Indirect costs include, for example, providing employees with workspace and information technology support.

    The IRS established a methodology to track ACA costs in its accounting records. However, the IRS accounted for only direct costs, such as labor and contract costs, because it did not believe that indirect costs should be recovered from the HIRIF. The IRS’s use of HIRIF funding only for ACA direct costs is consistent with the HIRIF requirements.”

    So $67 million wasn’t lost. It just wasn’t charged to the fund. There is a case to be made that other governmental activities were diminished by bad accounting, but this wasn’t cash out the door.

  3. Dave Bearse says:

    Anyone else catch the homophone in one of the opinion columns on billboards in today’s AJC?

    One opinion column noted that 72% of voters opposed cutting down trees on public ROW to improve billboard visibility.

    The opposing opinion noted “industry leaders worked with stakeholders” in the development of the legislation.

    It should have read “steakholders” instead of “stakeholders”, since it was the wining and dining of the General Assembly that bought and paid for the billboard legislation.

    • saltycracker says:

      If we started restricting billboards and massive signs we might help inhibit sprawl and make community centers reappear….So European….or Hilton Head…..and expose fields of corn…..

    • Harry says:

      Just in case Obamacare fails big time – i.e., voters get sticker shock, low risk individuals don’t participate in the scheme, continuing degrading of economic circumstances as a result of millions more employees moved to part-time status – are you Democrats prepared to take the heat in 2014?

      • saltycracker says:

        Ted Cruz, the one born in Canada to Cuban refugees, whose Dad became a citizen in 2005 ?
        His mom was a citizen but the Democrat birthers will need to be dealt with.

        • Harry says:

          Not only was Cruz’ mother a citizen, but unlike Obama’s mother, she was an adult at the time. This means Cruz is eligible to be president.

            • Harry says:

              If the baby is born outside the US then the US parent has to be at least 20 or 21 as I recall in order to be given US citizenship. Cruz’ mother was well over that age. Obama’s mother was not. Actually, the rule more complicated that that, but that’s the basic point. Obama has never produced a valid US birth certificate, so he’s ineligible to be president.

              • taylor says:

                I’m surprised someone that believes that can actually read and write. Opposing policies is one thing. Denying reality is quite another.

              • Ellynn says:

                So my 3rd cousin who was born in Scotland to her American born mother and her German born father is not a natural born US citizen because her mother was 17 at the time…

                Wow, the government REALLY screwed up then when they issued her a passport…

  4. Harry says:

    The productive element is figuring out how to game the system and not pay Obamacare tax. The US federal leadership is history. May take everyone a while to realize it.

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