Monday Morning Reads – April 2

Happy Monday, everyone! I hope your post-session weekend was relaxing!

News by the Numbers

7 Republican candidates – The Republican candidates for governor met in Flowery Branch to explain why they’re amazing and why their opposition sucks.

9 bills – Governor Deal vetoed only nine bills last session, and he vetoed two important bills in 2016. He has decisions to make in his last year in office.

2673 cyber attacks – Atlanta isn’t alone in its cyber attack. Thousands reported attacks, with educational institutions the most likely to be hit. The question remains: Did Atlanta pay the $51,000 ransom?

$91 million per month – Plant Vogtle continues construction at a cost of $91 million per month with the majority of that cost falling on ratepayers. Appeals continue with every hit of the hammer.

95-year-old company – That’s right; Peeps is ruining your retirement. Happy flippin’ Easter.

2020 census – By asking about citizenship, people are worried that power may slightly shift in favor of Republicans. That’s because congressional seats are allocated based upon population INCLUDING those who aren’t citizens. We’ll find out if this is meaningful in 2020, I suppose.

This week in YIKES!

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xdog
xdog

Using 2015 figures, Georgia’s exports to China totaled $2.6 billion, led by civilian aircraft and parts, chemical woodpulp, kraft paper (the stuff grocery bags are made of) and poultry. Georgia led the nation in those categories.

Georgia’s imports from China totaled $19.7 billion including primarily automatic data processing machinery, television receivers, furniture products, toys, plastics and articles of iron or steel.

http://www.georgia.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/Georgia-China-Connection-2016.pdf

Raleigh
Raleigh

Interesting story on Just Born Quality confections but this corporate trend on bailing out of defined benefit retirement programs as been going on since ERISA was passed in 1974. Corporate bankruptcy is the preferred method for dumping those plans on the Federal Government. Companies really do not want to pay any benefits to workers. No retirement, healthcare/insurance, vacation, holidays but they still want to keep all the tax breaks. Gone is the time you go to work for a company and stay 40 years until retirement and the company rewards loyalty. The only loyalty is now to the stockholders and… Read more »

Mr. Bear
Mr. Bear

“Union workers were skeptical. Candy Industry magazine had projected Just Born’s net sales climbing to $231 million in 2016, up from $222 million in 2014. ”

But no mention by the workers of any possible increase in the costs of production, which would make the company less profitable. Nor any talk about projected increases in cost coming down the road.

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

Can we get a little of Steve King’s Hispanic child immigrants that can’t speak Spanish are losers, and Trump’s “big” heart” but too but DACA people, you lose, with the GOP’s English only plank to highlight the racist base the GOP must satisfy to govern?

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

Numbers:

There are now 54 FBI agents dedicated, full-time, to the vital task of providing House Republicans with information on investigation into Hillary Clinton’s emails. Contrast that with Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team of approximately forty people, including 17 attorneys and twenty-some investigators.

The GOP indeed knows how to hone in on the most important things facing the nation….

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

More numbers: “Wyoming coal companies only added five full-time jobs between the bottom of the bust in 2016 and last year, according the Wyoming State Mine Inspector’s annual report on the industry.” “The job count reflects full-time jobs, employed directly by coal firms. The number of contract miners called in for reclamation jobs or blasting work did increase last year by 133. Contract workers make up a significant portion of the coal industry in Wyoming.” http://trib.com/business/energy/wyoming-coal-companies-only-add-five-full-time-jobs-in/article_1c249c73-df5b-5bc3-a0d7-c446ba67a509.html#tracking-source=home-top-story-1 Is it fake news, or are those impressive numbers? No fair waiting to respond until after Trump makes the call! (Fits in good with… Read more »

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

Numbers again:

64% of assailants in mass attacks suffered from symptoms of mental illness, Secret Service report finds: https://www.msn.com/en-us/health/wellness/64percent-of-assailants-in-mass-attacks-suffered-from-symptoms-of-mental-illness-secret-service-report-finds/ar-AAvfl6J?ocid=spartandhp

I figure 90%+ of them used guns. So should we expect Republicans to deliver increased mental health-care spending a to spectrum of youth through middle age that are largely middle class addressing a spectrum of maladies, or better regulate the one thing that is linked to nearly every mass attack, guns and ammo?

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

Trump disdains the Washington Post that is owned by Amazon’s Bezos. Trump’s Amazon tweet promptly devalued the company by many tens if not $100+ billion. The Amazon folks recently visiting Georgia no doubt will take note that Georgia is Trump country, what with GOP candidates trying to outdo each other on that count, to add to the fact the state blocked a $40 million a year tax break to the state’s largest and arguably best private employer over air fare discounts for a dozen NRA members collectively worth a few thousand dollars, in choosing finalists.

chamblee54
chamblee54

25 people were killed by police in the United States last week. https://chamblee54.wordpress.com/2018/04/01/killed-by-police-april-1/

Ellynn
Ellynn
Noway2016
Noway2016

Welcome to Noway’s Maggot Monday! Y’all think the Bangles might want to do a song about it?!
http://katv.com/news/local/arkansas-homeowner-fatally-shoots-suspected-intruder

MattMD_actual
MattMD_actual

You really are a sick piece of shit.

I totally support someone defending their home and anybody who breaks and enters an occupied residence is taking their lives into their hands.

Despite all that, I truly believe the world will be much better off once you pass away. And I hope it’s sooner than later. You do realize you are celebrating people getting shot and killed, right?

Noway2016
Noway2016

What’s your position on killing unborn children, doctor?

Noway2016
Noway2016

You know, Doc, each generation has had its defining questions. Coke or Pepsi? McDonalds or Burger King? Even Ginger or Mary Ann? But the burning question for a man in your profession, Doc, is it Astro Glide or KY?

downthemiddle
downthemiddle

Seems like Matt MD sure is hating on Noway. Seems like Noway is crudely pointing out the need for the 2nd Amendment while a bunch of clueless juvenile punks get non-stop news coverage as they try to tell grown ups all about the 2nd amendment. What clueless arrogance. Heck the same self absorbed snowflakes were eating Tide Pods last week. The gun grabbing efforts are tiresome and nonstop. I wonder how the Jews in Germany liked gun confiscation? How about the slaves in the US? How about the American Indians? How do those bows and arrows stack up to repeating… Read more »

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

The 2nd Amendment does not guarantee you or Captain Rambo McFannyPack the right to own an AR-15. It does not guarantee you the right to own a semi-automatic weapon, an assault rifle, an M-16, a rocket launcher, a moonraker laser, or any other weapon. As even Antonin Scalia would admit, the government can regulate the ownership, sale, and possession of firearms. Saying “hey, let’s put some regulations on who can buy an assault rifle” is an argument for the 2nd Amendment because its an argument that calls on the government to use its powers under the 2nd Amendment to regulate… Read more »

Noway2016
Noway2016

Another diarhetic purge of irrelevance. You should really wear a Depends taped over your mouth! LM*AO!! Where/when did the guy even mention an AR-15? Forget Tide Pods, SnowBiscuit, now its Condom Snorting! I’m sure you’re the one who actually started it!!

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

I’m going to start donating to Planned Parenthood every time you post something.

Noway2016
Noway2016

You mean you haven’t been? You better step it up. The irony here is thicker than Oprah’s backside. You bust me for posting stories of a homeowner protecting his family and yet, you openly and proudly advocate for the killing of babies! Wow!

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

If anyone is advocating for Planned Parenthood it’s the person who just facilitated another donation. You’re the one in control of how much I donate. I’m merely putting my money where your mouth is.

I’m putting my Republican tax cut to work.

Noway2016
Noway2016

Well, you do what you think is best, Drew. What baby body parts are on the auction block today? You use of the word “cut” is disappointingly appropriate.

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

$10 and counting.

Noway2016
Noway2016

$10!!?? Cheap and stupid, taboot!!!Lol! Never heard of $10 to facilitate a killing! C’mon, Warbucks! Ante up!

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

$15. When I’ve donated enough to earn a plaque, I’m going to put your name on it.

Benevolus
Benevolus

For a couple of days I thought the “Noway” personality had been escalated to a Level 2 Internet Troll, but apparently that was either a temporary substitution or I was mistaken.

Noway2016
Noway2016

At least he’s trying, folks…

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

At least he’s trying, folks

More like, at least he’s trying to raise a bunch of money for a fantastic organization. We’re up to $20 and now I’m debating whether I made a mistake in pegging donations at $5 per post.

At some point in the distant future, Noway will bankrupt me. But at least I’ll rest comfortably knowing he did it by trolling himself.

Noway2016
Noway2016

PP since Roe: 8 mil
PP this year: 9ok
Fine, fine organization, Drew, just fine…
Dare to Dream! A philanthropist to be emulated…

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Again, pal, you’re the one in control of the donations. ($25)

Noway2016
Noway2016

And yet, Snivler, it’s your money that’s being spent! What a putz! You gonna hold your breath until uou turn blue, too?! It’s like I’m your boss!!

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

I mean, you’re the one supporting abortion. I guess you aren’t really that staunchly pro-life. ($30)

Chatsprint
Chatsprint

“while a bunch of clueless juvenile punks get non-stop news coverage as they try to tell grown ups all about the 2nd amendment. ”

Clueless ? ….. how many times have you had to play dead while your friends were bleeding out all around you ?

Juvenile ?….. I have heard enough of them speak publicly to form the opinion that their maturity level far exceeds yours.

Punks ?…. Let’s reserve that slur for describing the Laura Ingrahams and downthemiddles of the world

downthemiddle
downthemiddle

Instead of punks, I should have said woefully uninformed is a better way to put it. The only one I was referring too was the “Camera” Hogg kid who is doing nothing but creating nothing but in your face controversy. It is tiresome every time some one is shot, somehow it is the NRA’s fault or law abiding gun owners. If you don’t agree with the liberal stance on gun control you want kids to die. It is a lie and infuriating. It is the same thing every election too. If you are not a socialist and think that agenda… Read more »

xdog
xdog

Yes, the political right is the real victim, as unfairly threatened as American Christians. They’re also completely blameless for the ills of the world. Plus the left is mean. As a recent example, how is it fair for a popular Florida high school student to exploit his power over a Fox person? It’s enough to make Bill O’Reilly cry.

Benevolus
Benevolus

It would be just as easy to say that every attempt to pursue some- any- solution to gun violence is met with rabid insults and threats of ‘molon labe’. So here’s the thing: Gun violence is a problem. We can agree on that, right? We don’t even have to agree that it’s the worst problem facing the country, just agree that it is a problem. Right? So far so good? So then we just have to find some common ground on what to do about it. One side offers a whole range of possible avenues to pursue, involving background checks,… Read more »

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

Hardening schools does nothing about the other 99.9% of gun violence.

Chatsprint
Chatsprint

“If you want to see why the country is splintered I think it is mostly from the hate on the left.” Yea, it’s all the hate on the left isn’t it ? When you describe a group of high schoolers who have recently experienced something that no child anywhere in a civilized nation should ever have to experience as ” clueless, juvenile punks” we should stand down or else you may interpret our words as hate ? JFC, the reasoning is unbelievable. And, that “Camera” Hogg kid ? Can’t help yourself can you ? That young man may consider you… Read more »

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

“If you are not a socialist and think that agenda is hideous, you are a racist, hate women, gays, black folks, want to starve granny and kill the Mother Earth” The Republican Party nominated a literal Nazi in an Illinois Congressional race. Your party’s standard bearer has called Mexicans rapists and criminals, said that the neo-Nazis and white Supremacists at Charlottesville were “fine people,” and is currently in the middle of a two-day Tweetstorm about DACA and immigration because race-baiting clowns Sean Hannity and Ann Coulter yelled at him over dinner at Mar-a-Lago this weekend. The GOP is going out… Read more »

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

Or maybe he’s none of that. But what is certain is that that is what Republicans require to get and stay in office.

downthemiddle
downthemiddle

So gun grabbing is the solution? Just be honest. Lets take away guns from law abiding citizens. Just admit it has nothing to do with AR 15s. The FEMALE YouTube shooter used a handgun. Democrats and socialists and their latest pawn, David Hogg will be going after handguns again; just like all dictatorships around the globe. The problem is not the gun. It’s the shooter. Maybe they can get a primary schooler this time to read a note that says guns are bad and why can’t we all get along? CNN will breathlessly follow along with Chuck Schumer.

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Slippery slope and straw men arguments are the crutch of a feeble mind.

Noway2016
Noway2016

Morning, Sniv!! How many minority babies have you contributed to killing since your giving splurge began?