Morning Reads for Friday, November 7, 2014

– All the GA numbers, with pretty graphs.
– Remember to be kind to friends who knit. You may need their services sooner than you think.
– Got too much money? Head here
– It’s about time! Georgia Trend’s 2014 Silver Spoon Awards.
– Data breaches can be a… unfortunate. Tahr-jzay is closing 11 more stores; one is in Georgia.

– And now, of course, we pivot to Botox.
– Will President Obama go rogue? My money is on YES.
The emperor really has no clothes.
– My word. Sour grapes.
357. But not the gun.
– Most younglings won’t get this: German communists in resurgance, just in time for Berlin Wall anniversary.

Random Everywhere:
– Oh. THAT Rob O’Neill.
– This weekend, all the cool kids will be at the Big Pig Jig in Vienna.



    • John Konop says:


      This is why Obama has the upper hand:

      The economy is going to boom the next 2 years for a couple of reasons…Energy is way over supply via US production, better fuel technology MPG and competing technology ie solar, batteries…..This has forced the Arab countries to lower prices to make it less competitive to use alternative solutions…in the fuel area 80 bucks a barrel or lower hurts ROI on drilling….The break on energy prices will fuel consumer spending…ie homes, cars………since 70% of the economy is consumer spending it will drive expansion, as you know energy prices control inflation…..The hedge is we are producing energy related products so jobs just shift if energy prices go up ie little slower growth….

      Like it or not he will get more popular as the economy grows….the old saying it is the economy stupid…..Obama has no real reason to back off….The hard he pushes immigration and ACA the more he helps Hillary with her “girl power” campaign strategy…just my 10 cents…

      • androidguybill says:


        The economy is growing, but not fast enough. It is adding about 200,000 jobs per month. In order to increase the labor participation rate, which will in turn raise wages, it needs to add about 300,000 – 400,000 jobs per month that we were adding during Clinton’s second term or during the middle portion’s of the George W. Bush administration, and do it for a good year or so.

        Right now, the best that can be said is that we are treading water. Granted, Obama inherited a huge mess, but it has been (almost) 6 years. I admit that lower energy prices will help some, but A) they need to get even lower and
        B) it will take months before the lower energy prices has a real effect on employment, especially if you are talking about solar and electric batteries. Also, the lower gas prices will have a negative effect in places like Texas, North Dakota, Oklahoma etc. that have been feasting on high oil prices and fracking. It would even blunt any positive effect of the Keystone XL pipeline.

        So unless something dramatic changes, the economy is improving JUST fast enough (or slow enough) to benefit the next president.

          • Ellynn says:

            The Baltic Dry Index is not improving, and China has a slow down, so that also lowers the prices of oil. To have a ‘really’ good turn around, we need to reduce the cost of diesle and heating fuel. On the up side, Japan is improving, and India keeps expanding it imports of American made cars and heavy equipment.

            Stateside, construction is about to pop. Look at the engineer and architecture trade organizations and who they are hiring and the current billing indexes. I’m not talking housing, I’m talking multimillion dollar projects that have contracts or have a secured funding source. Lots of them, both private companies (offices, warehouse, factories, hotels, hosptials and healthcare), and public builings (ie courthouses, jails, schools, libraries, terminals, and large scale maintaince and service shops). Atlanta has about $1.4 billion alone in stadiums and related interstructure for just the sports teams.

  1. TheEiger says:

    If you have never been to the Big Pig Jig it is worth the drive. I’ve competed a few times and my claim to fame is 13th place out of 156 teams in the rib category. Can’t make it this year, but I will be smoking some pork tonight at home.

  2. northside101 says:

    I’d like to see our expert (and I’m serious) Democrat, Chris Huttman, comment on the GOP claim that Deal won 10 percent of the black vote. Really? I hate to be the “doubting Thomas” on that subject, but you look at precincts in south Fulton and south DeKalb, you see a lot of 95%+ Democratic precincts. Some examples (in the Perdue race):

    DEKALB: Perdue Nunn
    Lithonia High 1.3% 98.1%
    McWilliams 2.1% 96.9%
    Miller Grove HS 1.7% 97.6%

    Atlanta 10H 2.0% 97.5%
    Atlanta 11B 1.6% 98.0%
    Atlanta 11N 1.5% 98.2%

    If Deal won 10% of the black vote (and he reported got less than that in 2010), then why did he get the same 53% as he got in 2010 statewide? Certainly he wasn’t doing worse among white voters than four years ago.

    Reminds me of the 1998 Guy Millner (for governor) campaign—they claim their loss to Barnes was due to unbelievable record black turnout—exit polls showed 29% of the total electorate in Georgia that year was black…and when Secretary of State data came out, it showed the black percentage was far lower, less than 25%. Millner folks did not want to admit that Barnes broke 40% among whites.

    Chris, if you agree that Deal (or Perdue) got 10 percent of the black vote, then I’ll give the claim credence.

    • androidguybill says:


      Deal lost the white vote in south Fulton and south DeKalb too. Why? Because they are south Fulton and south DeKalb, among the most liberal areas in the state. The sort of people who believe that Obama is owned lock stock and barrel by corporate America and needs to move left.

      How about blacks who live in areas other than Democrat strongholds? You could start with blacks who live in GOP areas like Cobb, Gwinnett and Nathan Deal’s own Hall and move onto blacks who live in central and south Georgia. And so on.

      Realize that Deal did a good bit better among black voters than did David Perdue. It makes sense … an incumbent governor who has done some things that certain black voters like in areas like education and criminal justice (and also has a very high profile positive working relationship with the mayor of Atlanta, in stark contrast to the Atlanta-baiting that Georgia conservatives usually indulge in) versus a guy in Perdue who plays right into every negative stereotype of Republicans in the book (down to being Sonny’s cousin), it is entirely logical why Deal would outpoll Perdue in that demographic.

      As far as Guy Millner goes, Mitch Skandalakis’ comments offended plenty of moderate whites too …

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