Morning Reads – Thursday, July 2, 2015

On this date in 1964, President Johnson signed the “Civil Rights Act of 1964” into law. The act made it illegal to discriminate against others because of their race


Jimmy Carter

Sweet Tea

Liberty Drum


  1. Raleigh says:

    The Slow Poke is one of the worst laws anyone could have written. The legislators who voted for this travesty should be voted out of office. The speed limit should be the speed limit period.

    Civil forfeiture laws should be repealed. There are too many innocent people losing their legally earned money by criminals wearing a badge. When the courts give the money back they should require damages be paid and the perpetrators charged with robbery.

    • saltycracker says:

      Impeding traffic causes road rage and accidents. Nothing like a driver in the left lane slowing for some distraction, read a text or talk on the phone or just want to get a personal thrill out of annoying others.
      Staying right is good on the road and in politics. 🙂

      • Three Jack says:

        320 slow poke tickets is barely a good start. But thankfully these people are finally being put on notice that blocking traffic is dangerous and illegal. GSP should have a field day this month with all the condo commandos flowing from the north thinking they can cruise the passing lane without regard for any other driver.

      • benevolus says:

        It doesn’t make any sense in or near the city though. There are too many splits, merges, exits to the left, and HOV lanes. Especially for people who aren’t used to the roads, it can take nearly all your attention to try to figure out what lane you are supposed to be in just to stay on your route.
        I just got a fine for being in the wrong lane for a toll booth in Florida. Signage was confusing (to me).

    • chefdavid says:

      Come drive on I-24 everyday. The trucks get in the left lane to try and pass then can’t get up the hills but damn if they will get over. They will back up traffic for miles. Now if GSP will just enforce it.

      • Raleigh says:

        OK the answer is to increase the speed limit with a minimum under the speed limit in the left lane.

        Don’t give anyone a ticket if they are going the Speed Limit….. It’ typical political pandering to have a law that will have you ticketed you for going too slow at 80 MPH OR 25 MPH over the speed limit. I can see it now the guy behind you and you get pulled over. You get a ticket for going to slow and he gets one for going 80 MPH. It will happen…….

        • Will Durant says:

          No. The answer has already been on the books and only recently codified to allow the issuing of tickets. Not to mention it is just a common courtesy expected around the world.

          Keep right unless you are passing.

          Except for some of the countries like the UK and Japan. Seriously though, if you are not law enforcement then your only concern for speeders should be appreciation for their help in lowering local taxes. Playing vigilante endangers more lives causing tailgating and unsafe passing on the right. Besides that the speeder might by some chance have a reasonable cause to be doing so, if not a legal one, pregnant woman in labor, unmarked police car following a drug mule, unmarked police car going to Krispy Kreme…

  2. BriscoeDarlin says:

    Whose day is it to excoriate Trump? Univision, NBC and Macy’s have already weighed in.

    • Will Durant says:

      “I am a person of faith — and the Donald’s entry into this race can only be attributed to the fact that the good Lord is a Democrat with a sense of humor,” exulted Paul Begala, veteran Democratic strategist and adviser to Priorities USA Action, a super PAC boosting Clinton’s candidacy.” — The Washington Post

  3. saltycracker says:

    Educated young Greeks have been exiting for years. They leave because the jobs are not there or held by older citizens and they leave due to the corruption. They love Greece and would return but don’t think it possible for their well being. Now the economic and political crisis is causing those that can, to work in a more stable country.

    Sunday’s vote, either way, may slow, but is not going to reverse their migration for years.

  4. saltycracker says:

    The chicken and pork industry is pretty much vertically integrated due to an inept antitrust dept and with the siege on the corporate practices, they are selling to foreign companies.
    Next to go, the cattle rancher.

    What is with the love affair with mass consolidation, being globally competitive and corporations moving HQ or cash offshore ?

    • saltycracker says:

      Sorry inept antitrust might be the wrong word as it might be the govt plan to let corporations consolidate and then they can draw bigger lobbyist led contributions plus just deal with the oligarchs…….until they sell to another country.

    • Will Durant says:

      Yep, in mostly pork you have Smithfield®, Eckrich®, Farmland®, Armour®, Cook’s®, John Morrell®, Gwaltney®, Nathan’s Famous®, Kretschmar®, Margherita®, Curly’s®, Carando® and Healthy Ones®. All owned by oligarchs as well, Chinese that is, as in “closely held” Shuanghui International Holdings Ltd., PRC.

      • saltycracker says:

        While we are beating this chicken hog, mega Heinz completed their purchase of mega Kraft today, and oligarchs Buffet and a big Brazilian investor will be on the Board.
        Antitrust sleeps. Wonder if Obama would call Buffett a lottery winner in life or his oligarch pal ?

  5. saltycracker says:

    Uhoh – another mother of a mega deal – in healthcare – busy day for the antitrust zombies (oh they are off for the holidays)

    (Reuters) – U.S health insurer Aetna Inc (AET.N) is nearing an agreement to buy rival Humana Inc (HUM.N) for about $34 billion in a cash and stock deal, people familiar with the matter told Reuters on Thursday.

    One person said Aetna’s offer would value Humana at about $230 per share and a deal could be announced as early as Friday.

    The offer, if it goes through, would make it the largest deal in the insurance industry since Anthem Inc (ANTM.N) bought WellPoint in 2004 for $16.6 billion.

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