Morning Reads – Thursday, December 18, 2014

On this date in 1998, the U.S. House of Representatives began the debate on the four articles of impeachment concerning President Bill Clinton.

Peaches

Jimmy Carter

Sweet Tea

Liberty Drum

5 comments

  1. androidguybill says:

    On the Cuba thing … look I like pointing out that a not-so-small contingent on the left wanted the Soviets to win the Cold War as much as the next guy. (No reason to claim otherwise when things like this appear on major center-left websites: http://www.salon.com/chromeo/article/why_youre_wrong_about_communism_7_huge_misconceptions_about_it_and_capitalism/)

    But in all honestly, there is absolutely no justification for having an embargo on Cuba on one hand while giving permanent MFN status to China on the other (and yes it was George W. Bush who did the latter, just as it was Nixon who opened up relations with China). Speaking of Nixon, we have also had normal diplomatic and economic relations with the Communist Viet Nam for going on 20 years now. But if we were going to choose one country to embargo and one company to make our favored trading partner, I would pick China for the former and Cuba for the latter.

    • Jon Lester says:

      Detente was working, and it would have continued to work if Carter hadn’t listened to Brzezinski and deliberately provoked the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. Even after the invasion, it should have been recognized as a border security issue and left alone.

    • Will Durant says:

      No, they ruled the original bad legislation that created for-profit private probation companies is indeed still bad. Unfortunately the legislation they tried to cram through last session was even worse. So bad that the Governor had to veto it in an election year.

      The entire private probation system for misdemeanors reeks and is likely the reason Georgia was number 1 in persons per capita on misdemeanor probation with 4 times the national average. That number should drop now as well as the sheriffs will now get to drop off a bunch of outstanding warrants that they haven’t been able to serve as well as not having to pay $40 per day to jail people whose only crime may have been that they couldn’t pay their fines and probation fees. Keep in mind as well that some of the write offs are cases where the private probation company has amortized the fine with their fees which are nearly twice the rate for felony probationers. Therefore the county doesn’t get their money until the end of the probation period. This means some of the people with outstanding warrants have already paid 2 or 3 times the amount of the original fine to the probationer though the court records will still show the fine as unpaid.

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