Morning Reads for Friday, January 30, 2015

– Thanks to the Savannah harbor project, plans are moving forward to raise the Confederate ironclad CSS Georgia out of the Savannah river.
Will Anderson, smart person.
On Rep. Graves and Social Security.
– I believe the word you’re looking for is “rebuffed.”

– Super Bowl on high alert for… wait for it… measles.
– And… “Bradie Balls.”
– Very, very, very cool technology.
– Oh gosh, is it that time already? Run away, run away! 2016 GOP candidates weigh in on Common Core.
Awww, poor baby. What happened? Cousin IT couldn’t make it in?

Random Everywhere:
The state didn’t shut down this year, but it seems most people forgot to remember something yesterday.
– How honest is your city?
As if anyone cared, at all…
– IT brethren! Is this the stupidest thing you’ve ever heard?


  1. blakeage80 says:

    If Attkisson had just turned her computer off and back on again, she wouldn’t be so famous. I can’t figure out if this was a gov’t cover up or a career move.

    • Noway says:

      Do you really believe, in all the time she was working and traveling from city to city, country to country, she didn’t turn her computer off once? Even if her battery died, it would have shut off by default and reset itself.
      And she was already at the top of the pecking order as far as investigative journalists were concerned. I say something else was going on in her instance.

  2. saltycracker says:

    Getting Social Security away from one of the fastest growing abuses, disability, is a great idea.

    • gcp says:

      Agree with grifter Graves on this one. SSD is a mess. Best to keep it separate from ss. Estimate is 50% of ssd claims are valid, 25% questionable, 25% fraud.

    • SallyForth says:

      Yep, agreed. S/S was intended to be an age tested annuity program, never should have allowed disability claims to creep into that dedicated fund. I’ve seen wayyy too many people drawing money out of there in their 30’s and 40’s who are as able to work as the rest of us, not to mention all the kids on there. If the guv-ment wants to pay out free disability insurance, it should be a stand-alone program.

      • saltycracker says:

        On the dark side, to keep this massive government admin/enforcement failure in the shadows and the benefiting lawyers and lobbyists donating where best to cloak it than in SS as all folks hear is that it is going broke and look at SS, the golden goose, not SSD ?

    • Will Durant says:

      It appears you have given a link to another DeMar owned site offering speculation without the facts based upon a Fox/Hannity interview with a retired Lt. Col. who is also speculating without the facts.

  3. Noway says:

    Romney out. Who’s in first now? Who benefits most?
    Even this far out, I’m predicting a Walker/Rubio ticket.

    • gcp says:

      Top four candidates : Huck, Jebby, Walker, Paul…Rubio could be vp but he is out in terms of presidential candidate

    • TheEiger says:

      Romney dropping out helps Bush the most.

      Rubio won’t run. He’s got nothing but time. I’m predicting a Pence / Walker ticket.

      • gcp says:

        Agree on Rubio. Needs more seasoning.

        Also Jebby has the Fla. base, not Rubio. Pence/Walker interesting but too much midwest.

        • TheEiger says:

          Yeah, it may be. But the Midwest is where Republicans need to start doing better and competing more. I think I would be okay with two Midwest governors at the top of the ticket.

            • TheEiger says:

              It’s better than a Governor from Massachusetts and a congressman from Wisconsin. I think it’s less about where they are from and what their message will be.

              If we go through our “thinking of running people” it’s kind of scary. Huckabee, Santorum, Perry and Cruz all terrify me. They guarantee a Hillary win.

              Romney is out. Ryan is out. That leaves us with Bush who will get shredded in the primary on immigration and common core and for being a Bush. Rubio is an amateur still and may be a good VP pick. Rand Paul isn’t too bad, but things he’s said in the past about foreign policy don’t really match up with what I believe. And I want a governor and he’s not one.

              By my counting there are only really three people that would be a good nominee that can win and a be good president. John Kasich, Mike Pence and Scot Walker. They all have shortfalls, but their positives far outweigh their negatives. And they all can beat Hilliary.

              • gcp says:

                It always helps to have a “base.” Perry has Texas, Jebby Fla., Christie NJ, Huck Christians/evangelicals…Romney did not have a base.

                Agree on Cruz and Santorum…very narrow appeal..they go no where.
                Also Carson has a very strong small base but he is a “story candidate” nothing more

              • gcp says:

                But I do like the Carson bumper stickers. “America needs a doctor, stat”. Very clever.

                Kasich fails all three Repub primary issues. Medicaid expansion, common core, immigration. You can fail two, but not three.

                • TheEiger says:

                  Ben Carson is a bumper sticker. He needs to run fro Congress and not president. You are probably right about Kasich. He’ll end up as OMB director or Treasury Sec and not president.

                  And I forgot to mention Christie in my list. He’s got a better shot than most and I personally like his rough persona. But that doesn’t always play well with voters and I think he struggles in the early states of Iowa, South Carolina and Florida. Getting first or second in Hew Hampshire may give him some life and keep him around longer that others.

                  • gcp says:

                    Carson would be a great, high profile surgeon general much like C Everett Koop.

                    Christie is hurt by the bad NJ economy, but otherwise he is a player. Works a room quite well. Seems sort of like the guy next door that you talk football with.

                    • Noway says:

                      You know, I think Carson will do better on the motivational speaker circuit. I mean, he’s a successful brain surgeon; a congressional seat to be one of 435 is a step wayyyy down. Senate? Maybe. But this guy can get thousands of dollars per speech. Put in his underprivilaged background, his rise in medicine, his conservative beliefs, he’d be a male version of Sarah Palin flying in to endorse Repub candidates and looking like a star.

                    • gcp says:

                      Carson could have strong influence as surgeon general. He could talk family, health, lifestyle, everything much like Koop did.

                    • gcp says:

                      Disagree on Palin…She needs to go away. She offers nothing to Repubs, just like Trumpet. Repubs need to dump these two.

  4. MattMD says:

    We do not need another Bush in the White House. Bush/Clinton in 2016? Gag me with a spoon why don’t you?

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