Morning Reads — Thursday, August 21, 2014

August 21, 2014 7:00 am

by Jessica Szilagyi · 32 comments

On this day in 1959, Hawaii became the 50th state. Everyone cheered until they eventually gave us Obama.
Peaches

Jimmy Carter

Sweet Tea

Liberty Drum

xdog August 21, 2014 at 7:59 am

Here’s a better read on the decline in teen pregnancy rates, worth clicking through if only to see that Milwaukee bus ad.

http://www.vox.com/2014/8/20/5987845/the-mystery-of-the-falling-teen-birth-rate

saltycracker August 21, 2014 at 2:11 pm

“The CDC says the United States still has one of the highest rates of teen births in developed countries.”

saltycracker August 21, 2014 at 8:02 am

Columbia Co. News on spendIng $700,000 to attract development for a Wal-Mart or Kroger or Target or some big box:
Reminds me of a talk by a well recognized economics professor to a land use committee. His position was that spending public money to draw the big retailers was about as dumb a thing a community could do. They chase rooftops, they are coming. The money would be best spent elsewhere.

Rambler14 August 21, 2014 at 8:18 am

Jason Carter supports revisiting a TSPLOST of some kind.
http://politics.blog.ajc.com/2014/08/19/jason-carter-backs-a-new-push-for-transportation-sales-tax/

Deal’s response:
Look at these 2 projects (285/400 & Port deepening) I was able to accomplish without raising taxes!
TWO PROJECTS.

Ellynn August 21, 2014 at 11:00 am

What; I thought Jack Kingston, John Barrow, and our serving U.S.Senetors were taking credit for the Port…

MattMD August 21, 2014 at 11:13 pm

What does deepening a port have to do with state-level transportation?

Ellynn August 22, 2014 at 10:11 am

Besides increasing truck traffic along Georgia roads?

The real question should be what is the gov going to do to state-level trasportation in response to the increase in cargo out of Savannah…

saltycracker August 21, 2014 at 8:30 am

“109,631,000 Americans lived in households that received benefits from one or more federally funded “means-tested programs” — also known as welfare — as of the fourth quarter of 2012, according to data released Tuesday by the Census Bureau.”

Pulling out the social security and non-means tested folks you get 35.4% of Americans on some kind of welfare. The big change for America is more are seeking money for nothing than opportunity.

Ed August 21, 2014 at 8:58 am

Yeah and there wasn’t a recession or widespread unemployment that might have increased those figures.

saltycracker August 21, 2014 at 9:40 am

In the fourth quarter of 2012 ? Aftershocks !
Unemployment not in the 109 mil

“When those receiving benefits from non-means-tested federal programs — such as Social Security, Medicare, unemployment and veterans benefits — were added to those taking welfare benefits, it turned out that 153,323,000 people were getting federal benefits of some type at the end of 2012.”

Dave Bearse August 21, 2014 at 10:29 pm

And the compensation of the large majority of the employed adjusted for inflation continues to decline….

beenthere August 21, 2014 at 11:38 am

Yeah that WIC spending is just horrible. Stupid hungry mothers and babies. To quote the late, great George Carlin:

“Boy, these conservatives are really something, aren’t they? They’re all in favor of the unborn. They will do anything for the unborn. But once you’re born, you’re on your own. Pro-life conservatives are obsessed with the fetus from conception to nine months. After that, they don’t want to know about you. They don’t want to hear from you. No nothing. No neonatal care, no day care, no head start, no school lunch, no food stamps, no welfare, no nothing. If you’re preborn, you’re fine; if you’re preschool, you’re *****.”

Harry August 21, 2014 at 11:45 am

It’s amazing how so many of our grandfathers were able to survive without welfare. These babies would be a lot better off in the long run if they were taught to work for a living.

griftdrift August 21, 2014 at 11:50 am

Those tiny hands are certainly effective in getting into tight places like the machinery of looms and such…

Harry August 21, 2014 at 12:14 pm

Maybe we should focus a bit more on having the babies’ parents provide for them, or forego having the babies until they can do so.

Noway August 21, 2014 at 12:30 pm

You make too much sense, there, Harry! Get ready for the racist/insensitive bastar**d moniker to be hung around your neck!

Ellynn August 21, 2014 at 5:48 pm

Widows and orphans… Boys, be nice to the widows and Orpans.

As a side note, Noway – you remember that women I mentioned when you and I were going around about the free school lunch program? I was going to teacher her to balance a check book… Well my star student and I went shopping at the local farmers market two weeks ago. Showed her how to buy produce. She made her first real meal from scratch, which her kids loved. She is currently taking the ex to court for child support. She starts her first job’ ever’ the day after Labor Day. She’s not off the rolls yet but she is trying and making head way.

Noway August 21, 2014 at 6:07 pm

You are a really sweet lady, Ellyn! She’s lucky to have you!

Harry August 21, 2014 at 8:27 pm

Yes, the lady is lucky to have Ellynn’s support. Unfortunately we’re all living our separate and alienated lives, often focused too much on our little issues, and not able to find ways to help others on the personal level.

Ellynn August 22, 2014 at 10:24 am

It’s called using my money and time to actully address an issue instead of lecturing and holding a grudge against those we feel have slighted us…

Also a good amount on ingrained Catholic social justice… all the Mathew 25 my uncle Father Tony and the convent cousins would discussed over games of Sheephead and Poker after dinner while my grandmother had me running their brandy and snacks to their tables…

Harry August 22, 2014 at 10:34 am

See the difference between using your money and using other peoples’ money?

Harry August 22, 2014 at 10:51 am
Michael Silver August 23, 2014 at 6:44 am

correction …. the difference is using your money voluntarily versus using other people’s money that was taken by force (taxes).

MattMD August 21, 2014 at 11:12 pm

People are still going to have sex and birth control does fail (even the pill). You guys seems to live in a fantasy world where everybody makes the right decisions and nothing ever unplanned happens.

I’m just curious but do you belong to the same group who thinks Plan B is a version of abortion?

seenbetrdayz August 23, 2014 at 7:50 am

More like, we live in the real world where mistakes have consequences.

saltycracker August 21, 2014 at 1:39 pm

The concern we need here is the numbers of people pushing the children or truly in need out of the way to loot money and services. It is like a charity that collects $100 for every dollar that gets to where it should go.

Noway August 21, 2014 at 12:33 pm

Gov. Nixon should resign. What a putz to say that justice will come only with a vigorous prosecution of the shooter cop. Oh, and any first year law student will know that if this does go to trial, a change of venue out of the state of MO will occur thanks to Nixon overflowing with pandering verbal diarrhea. Oh, and I have been traveling and don’t know the answer, but how did the cop sustain his fractured eye socket?

beenthere August 21, 2014 at 1:27 pm

Video taken immediately after the shooting shows him circling the body, with zero injuries. Zero. Next.

saltycracker August 21, 2014 at 1:57 pm

Help us with that source as per most recent on google the officer was badly beaten and:
“The source also said the dashboard and body cameras, which might have recorded crucial evidence, had been ordered by Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson, but had only recently arrived and had not yet been deployed.”

Noway August 21, 2014 at 1:58 pm

Oh, ok. So the stories of his having been injured are incorrect?

gcp August 21, 2014 at 2:24 pm

A broken facial bone may not be visible immediately if at all and swelling may not show immediately and how close was this video taken?

saltycracker August 21, 2014 at 8:01 pm

Dress codes: When the kids feel the need to conform to a “representing” dress code to differentiate their group and the schools, parents and the groups sponsors bicker/sue over it there is but one solution to get back to educating them.
A strict uniform code for all.

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