Morning Reads: 17 March 2014

March 17, 2014 6:30 am

by Eric The Younger · 12 comments

Happy St. Patrick’s Day,  here’s a primer from Cracked about what not to do.

Wednesday will be the annual Peach Pundit Sine Die roadshow. We look forward to seeing some of you, others not so much.

In other news:

Georgia

Looks like everyone is getting a tax break, except individuals.
The people spoke in 2012 wanting more charter schools, for some reason the Senate isn’t listening.
Bo Calloway passed away over the weekend, his funeral will be Wednesday.
Atlanta’s #1…. in sex trafficking.
Georgia is setting the standard on how to teach civil rights.

National/International

Fred Phelps Sr., the founder of Westboro Baptist church, may not last much longer. No word yet if the congregation will protest his funeral.
This is why you maintain and replace old infrastructure.
An interesting thought experiment of a Rand Paul Hilary Clinton 2016 race.
We still can’t find Malaysia Airlines flight 370.
Early results in Crimea favor a return to Russia.
Current uniform standards are keeping Sikhs from being able to serve their country.

Everything else

Science proves the 5 second rule legit.

Michael Silver March 17, 2014 at 7:52 am

What are Senate Republicans thinking? First, they side with the academic left against licensed gun owners attending college. Now as AJC’s Wingfield points out, they side with the education bureaucracy against charter school students and parents. I’ll bet that once the session is over, we are going to find a lot more of Cagle’s knives in the backs of Republican voters.

Harry March 17, 2014 at 8:45 am

Educational reforms can’t happen here. No politician wants to be on the wrong side of the school boards and the GAE.

Angela Palm March 17, 2014 at 3:45 pm

Harry, you must have missed a few legislative skirmishes if you really think they don’t want to disagree with school boards.

John Konop March 17, 2014 at 9:35 am

The GOP goes against state rights? They want us to spend federal money to override state laws on decimalizing marijuana?

……..In a shocking turn of events Thursday House Republicans violated their principles and voted against state rights. Two-hundred-twenty-eight Republicans (and 5 Democrats) voted to pass H.R. 4138: ENFORCE the Law Act of 2014 which gives congress the right to sue the President for choosing not to enforce a law. The reason for this bill is marijuana….

http://www.examiner.com/article/house-republicans-go-against-state-rights-don-t-want-to-be-re-elected

Charlie March 17, 2014 at 9:37 am

Just because the Examiner says the reason for the bill is marijuana, doesn’t mean the reason for that bill is marijuana.

Can you think of a few other bills – maybe a big one that’s been in the headlines recently – that Republicans want the President to quit making it up as he goes along?

John Konop March 17, 2014 at 10:07 am

I posted two other sources it seems fairly clear, this is about pot…..I agree with the issue of executive overreach….but state pot laws not being overridden by the federal government is not part of the problem in my opinion…..

Below FOX NEWS:

………GOP lawmakers press administration on federal marijuana policy………

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2014/03/04/gop-lawmakers-press-obama-administration-on-federal-marijuana-policy/

Below RAW STORY:

………The House passed the Enforce the Law Act by a vote of 233-181 on Wednesday. The bill was introduced by Reps. Trey Gowdy (R-SC), Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), Darrell Issa (R-CA) and Jim Gerlach (R-PA) to allow Congress to sue the president for failing to faithfully execute laws.

“The Constitution gives Congress the responsibility to write the laws and the Executive to enforce them,” Gowdy said Wednesday in a statement. “We don’t pass suggestions. We don’t pass ideas. We pass laws. Regardless of our politics, I hope my colleagues have enough regard for our work to expect those laws would be faithfully executed.”……

……A committee report submitted by Goodlatte cited the Obama administration’s decision to not intervene with marijuana legalization efforts in various states as an example of executive overreach.

Colorado and Washington both legalized the recreational use of marijuana through statewide voter referendums in 2012. In addition, 20 states and the District of Columbia have legalized medical marijuana. Federal law, however, still considers the possession and sale of marijuana to be a crime…….

……The decision not to enforce federal drug laws “in entire states is not a valid exercise of prosecutorial discretion,” the Republican’s report stated.

“Rather, the guidance to U.S. Attorneys establishes a formal, department-wide policy of selective non-enforcement of an Act of Congress. This infringes on Congress’s lawmaking authority by, in effect, amending the flat prohibitions of the [Controlled Substances Act] to permit the possession, distribution, and cultivation of marijuana so long as that conduct is in compliance with state law. This crosses the line between permissible discretionary decisions made by prosecutors on a case-by-case basis and an impermissible suspension of the law by executive fiat,” the report added..

http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2014/03/13/house-gop-passes-bill-to-force-obama-to-crack-down-on-legal-weed-in-states-that-allow-it/

Will Durant March 17, 2014 at 9:41 am

My only real venture into politics as an activist was working on the Bo Calloway campaign for Governor. I mourn for him today and for the Georgia that could have been. May he rest in peace.

Noway March 17, 2014 at 12:24 pm

No way in hell we do not know what happened to the Malaysian plane. Any gov’t that can track thousands of pieces of space junk 3 feet long and larger in orbit can sure as hell train those satellites downward and track every commercial jetliner that takes off. If we can read a license plate from space we know exactly what happened. We just ain’t sayin’. Just as Bengazi wasn’t terrorism and Major Hassan was “workplace violence”, this is just more horse squeeze to avoid calling it terrorism.

Blake March 17, 2014 at 12:25 pm

Sex trafficking =/ sex trade. Major fail by WSB there. But part of a pattern by certain dishonest parties seeking to leverage moral outrage against kidnappers (tiny minority) against all sex work.

Harry March 17, 2014 at 1:52 pm

Self-determination is a threat to national security according to Obama
http://www.infowars.com/obama-declares-self-determination-to-be-a-threat-to-us-national-security/

Personally, I have sympathy for all sides in this matter. The last thing the US needs to do, is get involved on any level.

The Last Democrat in Georgia March 18, 2014 at 1:42 am

Thanks for the news.

Scott65 March 18, 2014 at 9:47 am

Nice to know Fred Phelps will soon know first hand what its like in Hell. He has earned his one way ticket there…no stop overs

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