Morning Reads for Friday, April 29, 2016

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Saltycracker
Saltycracker

Our hearts go out to the UGA families and friends of the four girls lost in a tragic accident.

edatlanta
edatlanta

Glad to see Michael Ramirez is still making things up

http://data.bls.gov/timeseries/LNS14000000

Benevolus
Benevolus

It would be pretty sad to fire Fredi Gonzales. I mean, what’s he supposed to do with these guys? Everybody knew it was going to be like this, they are doing it on purpose. It’s not his choice.

The Eiger
The Eiger

I agree. I don’t think there is a manager in all of baseball that could help the Braves win with the crew we currently have. I don’t think there are any glaring problems with Freddi’s management. He’s just playing the crappy hand he was dealt.

theappalachian
theappalachian

One of the commentators on the pregame show yesterday summed it up well. Something to the effect of “the club is in a sinking boat with 11 leaks and only 10 fingers.” They try and fix the problem from the last game and a new problem presents itself in the next.

Bart
Bart

Firing Fredi would be akin to Boehner’s heave ho in congress after he tried to herd those cats. The Braves could hire Cox, Larussa, Bochy, Maddon, name a successful manager and they wouldn’t win with this Major League (the movie) assemblage of castoffs.

Noway2016
Noway2016

We have to remember that the Braves have always been under achievers. Despite their monster pitching talent and 14 straight division titles, they’d always fold in the playoffs. We could never beg, borrow, steal or kidnap a bat when we needed one! I’m forever grateful for that 95 WS title. The Braves are the Salieri of the baseball world. Nothing wrong with forgetful mediocrity.

Will Durant
Will Durant

The roster moves are beyond baffling. Trading away the best glove I’ve ever seen playing for the Braves for an older, weaker glove, higher salaried, can’t-hit-his-own-weight-player is only one example of why it isn’t the manager’s fault. You can’t rebuild if you don’t even have the straw for the bricks.

Bart
Bart

Speaking of baseball, 2 significant players have been suspended in the past week for PED usage. Dee Gordon the most recent – http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2636608-dee-gordon-suspended-80-games-for-peds-latest-details-comments-and-reaction So these guys blatantly cheat the game thus actually effecting the outcome (see last night for example as the soon-to-be suspended Gordon played a key role in a Marlins victory over the Dodgers). And yet they are allowed to continue playing while Pete Rose serves a lifelong ban for betting on games. MLB needs to treat PED cheaters the same or worse than gamblers. Lifetime ban on first offense and no play if appeal is in process.… Read more »

Saltycracker
Saltycracker

Assuming PEDs enhance: Contract: $50 million, suspension minus $1.65 million – probably near what the diamond encrusted gift from the owner was worth……or endorsements….
… when cheating pays, there will be cheating.

ScottNAtlanta
ScottNAtlanta

That little drawing you start out with is pretty offensive to anyone other than the “know nothings” who point to it with glee. The Debt…the biggest rallying cry of the know nothings who fail to realize how they are being played. The debt doesnt matter. It should never be eliminated. The only question is how big it should be at any particular time. The US is the ONLY issuer of its currency. It owes all bills in that currency. It cannot go broke. Period. (the only way that it could is if Congress mandates by law that we go broke…debt… Read more »

Saltycracker
Saltycracker

Obama, first president to have 8 years of under 3 % growth…..debt ?

Meanwhile back at the reality ranch, in Orange Co. California, the police stand around doing little to stop rioters destroying property in a weird protest of trump and lawmakers vilify John Wayne as a racist.

http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-gays-for-trump-crowd-gathers-at-costa-mesa-rally-20160428-story.html

TheManUndertheBridge
TheManUndertheBridge

Your first point about the US debt not ‘mattering’ excludes a few basic FACTS: First, the debt service cost erodes our ability to spend Gov’t ‘revenues’ (Taxes, fees, etc.) on anything other than this fast growing obligation. In about eight years debt service will consume a large portion of all Gov’t ‘revenues,’ I have heard up to 30% Second, A longterm concern is that the ‘full faith and credit’ of the US dollar may become questionable, which may lead to the dollar not being used as a worldwide reserve currency. Experts predict it could take China about twenty years to… Read more »

Saltycracker
Saltycracker

Paul Johnson, a British historian and great Forbes columnist on political correctness

http://www.forbes.com/sites/currentevents/2016/03/23/when-excess-is-a-virtue/#54cbfc8134b5

Noway2016
Noway2016

A little late in the cycle, I know, but don’t you just love the Death Tax!?
http://dailysignal.com/2016/04/29/why-over-half-of-princes-estate-will-go-to-the-government/

Saltycracker
Saltycracker

The Tax wasn’t the problem, thinking you will live forever, stupid but talented, is a problem.

xdog
xdog

Happy Easter to you Orthodox Christians, and happy Mayday to you pagans and commies.