Morning Reads – Thursday, March 24, 2016

On this date in 1995, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a welfare reform package that made the most changes in social programs since the New Deal.

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Davo65
Davo65

Florida Man; meet Georgia Man

Walton County man loses leg after shooting explosive-filled lawn mower
http://www.ajc.com/news/news/local/walton-man-blows-leg-off-after-shooting-explosive-/nqrFg/

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Re: Truth-o-meter: Looks like the truth does have a liberal bias. It also seems to confirm my belief that Cruz is a pathological liar and Trump has zero clue what he’s talking about.

Benevolus
Benevolus

Excellent group of stories!
Wish I had time to comment today!

John Konop
John Konop

I do think we need to crack down on our immigration and visa policy. Our visa program via lack of screening and motioning has been a common thread tracing back to terrorist. We do have an issue with the integration of Muslim communities in the west. With that said the Muslim community represents about 1.4 billion people. The vast majority of Muslim people want nothing more than the rest of us a better future for our kids. We cannot win without working with the Muslim community, which calls for engagement not treating, the community like we are at war with… Read more »

ScottNAtlanta
ScottNAtlanta

Just FYI…

6000 Muslims serve in US Military
900 Muslims are NYPD
Muslims are 2nd most educated group after Jews
Muslims make on avg 100,000/yr in the US

Saltycracker
Saltycracker

Hmmm, a small percentage of any peoples are bad, it gets really ugly when a lot of supposedly good people protect “their own”. Muslims can do a lot to help themselves by doing a lot more to stop the very bad that want to blow up non-believers. Outsiders nodding so sorry will not work.

Standing down police in scarey or riot torn neighborhoods and a lousy immigration program is destroying all America stands for.

http://www.latimes.com/world/europe/la-fg-brussels-molenbeek-20160323-story.html

John Konop
John Konop

Salty,

The question is how do we best get the needed help by the Muslim community?

Benevolus
Benevolus

Whatever policies we have are actually working very well. I have read that you are more likely to be crushed to death by unstable furniture than be killed by a terrorist. Crushed by furniture doesn’t make good TV though. But if we can find a reason to be scared of brown people then the odds don’t matter!

Noway2016
Noway2016

Really, B?! Ummmm, those injured by substandard furniture are not the victims of premeditated murder. That reply is beneath your standards.

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Well he’s right. The odds are actually higher that I’ll get struck by lighting than killed by a terrorist. I’ve been lobbying Obama to do something about the existential threat thunderstorms pose to our country but he hasnt returned my calls.

Benevolus
Benevolus

The point is that it is easy to get carried away with the threat and before you know we’re not the country we want to be anymore.

John Konop
John Konop

Hillary will have real issue with Trump in the rust belt, the more blue collar workers understand her record. If Mich, Ohio….goes GOP a Dem cannot win.

Hillary To Raise Money At Home Of CEO Who Makes Solar Panels Using Prison Labor

Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2016/03/23/hillary-to-raise-money-at-home-of-ceo-who-makes-solar-panels-using-prison-labor/#ixzz43p7TGW9C

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

John, that story has already been linked to. Here is a new link you might enjoy…

http://fivethirtyeight.com/features/manufacturing-jobs-are-never-coming-back/

xdog
xdog

Women have blue collar jobs too and they ain’t voting for Trump, rust belt or not.

John Konop
John Konop

xdog and Andrew,

Both of you are very naïve about this issue.

xdog
xdog

John, thank you for your Thursday condescension.

John Konop
John Konop

Why do you hate blue collar workers?

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Well seeing as I posted a link to a well-researched economic analysis of American labor trends, I don’t think naive is the best word choice.

Can we please cease with the myth that brining manufacturing back to the US is a desirable thing? Do you really want to pay $2000 for an iPhone?

http://www.marketplace.org/2014/05/20/business/ive-always-wondered/how-much-would-all-american-iphone-cost

John Konop
John Konop

Andrew,

Henry Ford always paid his employees enough so they could afford the products they produce. This is basic concept taught in economics, it is concept based on proper distribution. If you have poor distribution ie wide gap between rich and poor, a demand problem will happen via lack of wages to buy things. Your philosophy of a race to the bottom with wages, and promoting slave labor conditions is not only morally wrong, but it will hurt an economy.

Benevolus
Benevolus

Henry Ford didn’t have to compete with China.

John Konop
John Konop

Not true, history repeats itself. At the time Adam Smith came up with “Wealth of Nations” the blue print of free economics, Smith was one of the leading abolitionist of his times. Free market economics concept was designed to fight slave labor.

As far as Henry Ford, it was him supporting the “Smith theory” of free economic verse communism and or fascism slave labor working conditions. It is all in your history books.

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

No. No. Sweet Lord, no. Reshoring labor and manufacturing in the US is about the worst thing you could do for these “blue collar workers,” because you won’t be able to pay them enough to afford a $2000 iPhone or any of the other consumer goods whose prices will inevitably skyrocket due to increased production costs and inefficiencies. That’s not even mentioning the fact that when manufacturing jobs do restore they’re highly automated. Meaning all you’re really doing by bringing a manufacturer back is giving Bill, the blue collar assembly line worker, the opportunity to lose his job to a… Read more »

John Konop
John Konop

Andrew,

You obviously have never ran a business. Your example makes no logical sense. No way a phone would increase by 500% if you paid livable wages. Let me help you with basic math.

Hourly labor is a small percentage of the overall budget in a business. Obviously a 20 percent advantage can help swing market share. But you realize that is all we are talking about. Have you ever seen a P&L before? You really think hourly labor could be a 500% factor on product cost? HUH? LOL

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

John, You clearly didn’t read the helpful link I posted above. If you can’t be bothered to perform the basic task of reading a short article which supports the iPhone figure I threw out, then there is no point in engaging in any kind of debate or discussion with you. So feel free to belittle what you perceive to be a lack of business sense (as if running a small business gives one an expertise in macroeconomics and the behavior of global labor markets) but until you can master the basic concepts necessary for the enlightened exchange of ideas, I… Read more »

John Konop
John Konop

Andrew,

I did read it, and it made no sense. Obviously, written by a person who never ran a business like you.

Noway2016
Noway2016

Toothless hick? Really? Keep showing your ass, Andrew.

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

When talking about South Carolinians, I think it’s safe to assume they have poor dental health and general air of hickiness

John Konop
John Konop

Andrew,

…..When talking about South Carolinians, I think it’s safe to assume they have poor dental health and general air of hickiness….

Many of them would be smart enough to know, that a phone would not increase by 500% if you paid livable wages to hourly workers verse slave labor you support.

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Go read the Marketplace article again. The figure comes from business analytics folks. You know what? Why bother? You’re just looking to troll me, you’re not in this for substantive discussion. I feel like Hamilton talking to Samuel Seabury. You simply want to modulate the key and not debate with me.

Ellynn
Ellynn

My family is almost all blue collar Wisconsin rust belt and farmers, with a 30/35/35 split of dem/no party/rep. The democrats are not moving to Trump. They are almost all pro-union, raised in a union house hold, or are retired on union pensions. The no parties are leaning towards Hilary if they HAVE to make a choice. To quote my cousin, “even if Hilary is a lying trader and is impeached, her VP would still be better then Trump.” The republicans… Well that’s a sad story. Wisconsin is the birthplace of the Republican Party. Many long term party members don’t… Read more »

ScottNAtlanta
ScottNAtlanta

There’s the election in a nutshell. Anyone that thinks Trump can win in a general is beyond in a bubble…they dont have a grip on reality. When a portion of REPUBLICANS are trying to defeat him what on earth would make anyone think he can win. The question is how bad it will be for republicans down ballot. They will lose the Senate, and I’d guess lose about 22 seats in the house (Democrats would need 30 to flip)

John Konop
John Konop

The exit polls show Dems like Trump in Michigan, Ohio…..NAFTA is a dirty word in the rust belt….Trump got more votes than Hillary in Ohio…And won Michigan…When the slut shamming of Monica Lewinsky by Hillary becomes public that will hurt her…Combine that with being supported by private prison industry, prison labor companies, Wall Street deals, Hillary taking 6 figure speaking fees in trade for cheap visa foreign labor…..it will get ugly….Hillary could win, but she has a lot of explaining…..

Benevolus
Benevolus

You sound like a cheap campaign ad.

John Konop
John Konop

No, I am realist, I have been clear, early and often about my support for Kasich. As in business, I do not lie to myself about the facts.

Ellynn
Ellynn

If Kasich had a chance, he would carry the middle in the general in Wisconsin.

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Scott Walker isn’t doing the GOP brand any favors up there.

Ellynn
Ellynn

It doesn’t help that the state pension system he said would never be affected when he got rid of collective bargaining have be reduced at least twice since then. Not all state workers and teachers are democrats.

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Well trying to blow up UW in order to give the Bucks more cash for a basketball arena doesn’t help, either. Glad there’s a fellow Sconnie around here.

Ellynn
Ellynn

Holyland/Fondy chick, born and raised.

Will Durant
Will Durant

Fond du Lac, WI = 31°, Light Snow @ 2:10 PM CDT

Ellynn
Ellynn

Mom had 7 inches of the wet heavy snow at 7 am.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Holyland_(Wisconsin)

xdog
xdog

You have to admire the moral flexibility of Alabama governor Robert Bentley, that great defender of traditional marriage, as details of his personal “social experiment” come to light. Posting a Daily Mail link seems appropriate.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3506701/Governor-Alabama-accused-having-affair-chief-adviser-cop-state-just-hours-firing-him.html

Bart
Bart

Maddow did a 20 min segment on it to start her show last night. Another hypocrite GOPer busted.

gcp
gcp

One day after a major terrorist attack in Brussels and Maddow does a 30 minute opening segment on a Republican governor’s affair. Maddow has weird priorities.

Bart
Bart

I think the attack had just about been covered by 9pm last night after hours of showing the same loops of people running from the scene.

Bart
Bart

Disney threatens boycott of GA if anti-gay legislation signed by gov – http://variety.com/2016/biz/news/disney-marvel-boycott-georgia-anti-gay-bill-1201737405/

EE says go – http://theresurgent.com/the-left-demands-georgia-bow-to-hollywood-values/

The real question now is whether Georgia can overcome the bad press we get no matter what the governor decides. Our legislature did the dirty deed by wasting an entire session to pass this discriminatory bill so as a state we are now on record just as Indiana was a couple years ago. Companies / industries looking for a state to do business will surely think twice about coming here even if Deal does the right thing by vetoing HB757. Foot meet bullet.

ScottNAtlanta
ScottNAtlanta

…and how much money have we spent to attract these studios with their “Hollywood Values”? If Deal signs this bill it might as well have been flushed down the toilet. At this point perception is reality. Nobody’s going to believe some white guy with a southern drawl standing up to say it doesn’t discriminate is telling the truth. I guess (if it gets signed) it will take people losing their jobs to grasp what stupid choices they made when they last voted. Even now these studios inject quite a bit of money into local economies that will evaporate if they… Read more »

Will Durant
Will Durant

I’m still maintaining that the bill’s compromise was the creation of an easily vetoed hot mess. Thus easing the reelection trail for the 98% or 99% of the legislators who choose to run again this year. Even though the only ones that it would really matter to this year are the ones being primaried, if then. Georgia can at least take comfort in the fact that North Carolina has not been happy with just shooting off their foot but has willingly stomped on a landmine. Also that no matter what we will always have Alabama to belittle.

Benevolus
Benevolus

Can I vent for a minute please? Remember last year when the SoS released all of our personal information out into the wild? Well I did the responsible thing and put a freeze on my credit reporting. Now I need a small loan because I need a new roof so I need to unfreeze that. Well apparently the credit agencies mail you a PIN number that you have to have in order to thaw your report, and I don’t have it. After 3 days of effort I have been able to get it fixed but it wasn’t easy. Equifax in… Read more »

Noway2016
Noway2016

That had to be a real pain. Listening to Clark Howard advocating the freeze, I never once heard him mention the pin to unfreeze it. Thanks for the heads- up on that.

gcp
gcp

If you freeze your credit online they send the pin to you online. If you freeze by mail they send you the pin via mail.

Benevolus
Benevolus

I’m usually pretty diligent about keeping login/PIN-type information, but I couldn’t find any record of having received anything. Maybe went into junk folder. I’m sure I got it some way- just a heads-up though.

Saltycracker
Saltycracker

Two f the best rated:

Use dashlane.com or the app to store passwords and notes.

Use key ring to store all cards but credit cards, – points cards, membership cards, grocery cards, med cards, everything with a bar Code….