March Madness, Georgia-style

One by one, the field gets smaller. Some advance, while others don’t. Long-shot dreams are realized, while some sure-fire bets fall by the wayside.

Yes, the Georgia legislative session is winding down.

Hey, I couldn’t have been talking about basketball in Georgia this time of year. (Thanks for nothing, Bulldogs, Yellow Jackets, Panthers, Eagles, Bears, and any other Division I schools I left out.) But if you read the foregoing and thought of the usual kind of March Madness, feel free to discuss how your brackets are doing in the thread below. I hope they’re doing better than mine; they almost have to be.

Or use the thread below to talk about whatever else is on your mind.

– By Kyle Wingfield

273 comments Add your comment

Rafe Hollister

March 22nd, 2013
7:05 pm

Baby shot in the face while in a stroller. Sub humans roam the streets, in Brunswick. Horrible!

Dusty

March 22nd, 2013
7:10 pm

Well, Kyle, good news from the BRAVES. Hudson will be pitching in their first real game. Going to be a winnner. Yes sir.

Anyway, I’m glad to hear the craziness is March Madness. I was blaming the craziness on the moon.

Hillbilly D

March 22nd, 2013
7:13 pm

Yes, the Georgia legislative session is winding down.

That’s always a good thing.

Aesop's Fables and other Lib Economic Theories

March 22nd, 2013
8:23 pm

Chicago -

“I don’t see any Caucasians being moved, bussed, or murdered in the streets as they travel along gang lines, or stand on the steps of a CPS school,” said activist Wendy Matil Pearson as opponents of the school closing plans protested outside Horatio May Elementary Community Academy in the Austin neighborhood.

Boy, I bet the dummycrats just hop right into action and solve all the problems, uh huh.

Aesop's Fables and other Lib Economic Theories

March 22nd, 2013
8:30 pm

Here’s a poll for the libs -

Obama’s job approval measure has fallen eight points since December, from 55% to 47%. His rating is comparable to George W. Bush’s (45%) at the same point early in his second term and is much lower than Bill Clinton’s 60% rating in February 1997.

Terry Tucker

March 22nd, 2013
8:36 pm

GA kids are fat, out of shape and lack motivation.
Kids learn behavior and values at home.
We are the redest of the red states.
’nuff said.

getalife

March 22nd, 2013
8:54 pm

Clinton 16.

8 more years!

@@

March 22nd, 2013
9:25 pm

When I read “March Madness,” I think of floor burns. Those things take forEVAH to heal.

Stephenson Billings

March 22nd, 2013
9:31 pm

Three Years Later, Obamacare Is Even Less Popular

“In 2010, the Democrats rammed Obamacare through Congress in open defiance of public opinion, and an incensed citizenry responded by giving Republicans their biggest gains in the House of Representatives since before World War II. Now, coinciding with tomorrow’s 3-year anniversary of President Obama’s signing Obamacare into law, new polling suggests that his namesake is now even less popular than it was at the time of its passage.

According to the Kaiser Health Tracking Poll for March, only 18 percent of Republicans, 31 percent of independents, and 58 percent of members of Obama’s own party, have a favorable opinion of Obamacare. Overall, Kaiser’s polling indicates that only 37 percent of Americans like Obamacare — down 9 points from Kaiser’s tally in the month immediately following Obamacare’s passage.

By about 2-to-1 margins, Kaiser’s respondents now say that, under Obamacare, they expect the cost of American health care to rise (55 percent), rather than fall (21 percent), and the quality of American health care to fall (45 percent) rather than rise (24 percent). By more than 3-to-1 margins (57 to 16 percent on costs, 55 to 18 percent on quality), independents share these same low expectations for life under Obamacare.”

http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/three-years-later-obamacare-even-less-popular_708813.html

Stephenson Billings

March 22nd, 2013
9:38 pm

Health Insurers Warn on Premiums

“Health insurers are privately warning brokers that premiums for many individuals and small businesses could increase sharply next year because of the health-care overhaul law, with the nation’s biggest firm projecting that rates could more than double for some consumers buying their own plans.

The projections, made in sessions with brokers and agents, provide some of the most concrete evidence yet of how much insurance companies might increase prices when major provisions of the law kick in next year—a subject of rigorous debate.

The projected increases are at odds with what the Obama Administration says consumers should be expecting overall in terms of cost. The Department of Health and Human Services says that the law will “make health-care coverage more affordable and accessible,” pointing to a 2009 analysis by the Congressional Budget Office that says average individual premiums, on an apples-to-apples basis, would be lower.”

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887324557804578374761054496682.html

breckenridge

March 22nd, 2013
10:15 pm

“Health insurers are privately warning brokers that premiums for many individuals and small businesses could increase sharply next year because of the health-care overhaul law, with the nation’s biggest firm projecting that rates could more than double for some consumers buying their own plans.”

Not good. Not good at all.

But if you look at the past 3 decades you will find by far the primary driver of health care premiums is obesity. Fat Americans that completely lack self discipline. Fat fat fat. Not a 40 year old with a little beer gut, no. We’re talking 50-60-70-80 pounds and more overweight. It disgusts me almost as much as those 52% of Americans who have 25K or less in net worth, leaving out the value of their home. No financial discipline whatsoever, absolutely inexcusable. Stop trying to keep up with the Joneses! They are stupid losers!

getalife

March 22nd, 2013
10:50 pm

We will get single payer like the rest of the civilized world so for all those Americans leaving the gop in droves, join the majority to get it done.

.

breckenridge

March 22nd, 2013
11:05 pm

Aesop….Dusty…etc…..people of various faiths, be they Hindu or Buddhist, the Protestant or Catholic sects of Christianity, Taoist or Shinto, or Unitarians such as myself and everything in between, for the most part have one thing in common – we believe in a just God. We believe in a God who creates an even playing field for all. And ultimately we believe in a God who will judge fairly, and judge not on what we profess to believe but on how actually act on those professed beliefs. If God is not a just God then there a really no point to religion whatsoever.

But…….are we to believe in a God who discriminates? Are we to believe in a God who has a bias and prejudice against the majority of people in the world for basically no other reason than where they were born? Are we to believe a God that requires one to be a born-again Christian in order to curry his favor? Are we to believe in a God who says to a death row inmate who hacked up 32 people with a carving knife “Oh you’re born-again? No problem, clean slate for you.” No, not at all.

You accuse me of attacking people of faith. Nonsense. But I have, and will continue, to attack the highest form of religious ignorance in the world – evangelical Christianity. And I will do this because I care about the republican party, and fully realize that until the repressive and discriminatory evangelical agenda is flushed from the party it will continue on the road to complete irrelevance. And once the evangelical element is gone? I will cease and desist my attacks.

Cutty

March 23rd, 2013
12:46 am

Way to really mail it in.

bluecoat

March 23rd, 2013
1:45 am

Off topic who serves whom?.Last month United States Postal Service Postmaster Patrick Donahoe warned that the Postal Service was on the brink of default. He proposed cutting Saturday delivery service as a way to save $2 billion annually. But in a setback to the agency’s cost-saving efforts, Congress has passed legislation requiring a six-day postal service delivery schedule. Now the Government Accountability Office has released a report finding that USPS is bound to Congress’ spending agreement. The beleaguered mail carrier lost roughly $16 billion in 2012.

The Postal Service is an independent agency, which means it is not funded by tax dollars. Instead, USPS functions like a business, making about $15 million in revenue each day on sales of postage, products, and services. Congress does not allocate money to support the mail service, but still holds legislative control over it.

Congress typically includes a provision in its federal budget each year that requires USPS to deliver mail six days a week and despite pleas from the Postal Service, lawmakers included it in their final resolution on Thursday.

The latest ruling has left many incensed. Polling shows that the majority of Americans support the United States Postal Service decreasing its delivery service. David Partenheimer, a spokesman for USPS, has said that five-day delivery is essential for keeping the Postal Service from becoming a burden on taxpayers. If Congress does not allow the post office to adapt to its customers’ changing needs, Partenheimer says, USPS will be forced to ask for a taxpayer bailout to the tune of $47 billion by 2017.

This is not the first time that Congress has meddled with the USPS business model. One reason the postal service loses $25 million every day is because it must “pre-pay” into a fund that covers pensions and health care for employees who will retire in future years. In 2006 Congress mandated that the postal service was legally required to provide $5.5 billion in annual payments each year until 2016. Without this requirement, USPS would have actually made $1 billion in profits.

USPS is a well-run business with over 31,000 retail locations and annual revenue of over $65 billion. If the postal service was a private company, it would rank 42nd in the 2012 Fortune 500 list of the largest U.S. corporations by gross revenue. USPS insists that it is only trying to suit the needs of its customers and become sustainable.
All should be voted out.No incumbent regardless party.As if the tax payer not burdened enough.

Michael H. Smith

March 23rd, 2013
6:41 am

USPS Hooey!

Feel lucky?

I dare you to make the USPS a private company without monopoly protections it enjoys. Yeah, go ahead, make my day.

Universal service obligation and monopoly status

Article I, section 8, Clause 7 of the United States Constitution grants Congress the power to establish post offices and post roads, which has been interpreted as a de facto Congressional monopoly over the delivery of mail. Accordingly, no other system for delivering mail – public or private – can be established, absent Congress’s consent.[citation needed]

The mission of the Postal Service is to provide the American public with trusted universal postal service at affordable prices. While not explicitly defined, the Postal Service’s universal service obligation (USO) is broadly outlined in statute and includes multiple dimensions: geographic scope, range of products, access to services and facilities, delivery frequency, affordable and uniform pricing, service quality, and security of the mail. While other carriers may claim to voluntarily provide delivery on a broad basis, the Postal Service is the only carrier with a legal obligation to provide all the various aspects of universal service at affordable rates.[citation needed]

Proponents of universal service principles claim that since any obligation must be matched by the financial capability to meet that obligation, the postal monopoly was put in place as a funding mechanism for the USO, and it has been in place for over a hundred years. It consists of two parts: the Private Express Statutes (PES) and the mailbox access rule. The PES refers to the Postal Service’s monopoly on the delivery of letters, and the mailbox rule refers to the Postal Service’s exclusive access to customer mailboxes.[citation needed]

Proponents of universal service principles further claim that eliminating or reducing the PES or mailbox rule would have an impact on the ability of the Postal Service to provide affordable universal service. If, for example, the PES and the mailbox rule were to be eliminated, and the USO maintained, then either billions of dollars in tax revenues or some other source of funding would have to be found.[citation needed]

Some proponents[by whom?] of universal service principles suggest that private communications that are protected by the veil of government promote the exchange of free ideas and communications. This separates private communications from the ability of a private for-profit or non-profit organization to corrupt. Security for the individual is in this way protected by the United States Post Office, maintaining confidentiality and anonymity, as well as government employees being much less likely to be instructed by superiors to engage in nefarious spying.[citation needed] It is seen by some[by whom?] as a dangerous step to extract the universal service principle from the post office, as the untainted nature of private communications is preserved as assurance of the protection of individual freedom of privacy.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Postal_Service#Universal_service_obligation_and_monopoly_status

Take away that Congressional Constitutional protection which your so-called “well-run business” enjoys, part of it being sole delivery of first class mail protected by law and we’ll just see how great an “IF” that will be when it does become a private company competing without any government monopolistic protections against the likes of UPS and FEDEX?

What was that old adage about NFL? (and we ain’t talking the acronym for football brucie)

Michael H. Smith

March 23rd, 2013
7:05 am

Can you believe it, the democrat controlled Senate has finally past a budget?

Who woulda thunk it?!

U.S. Senate Approves Budget

WASHINGTON—The Senate early Saturday passed its first formal budget in four years, defining Democrats’ fiscal principles for the next, uncertain stage of Washington’s battle over debt, spending and taxes.

The Democratic-drafted budget, approved narrowly a couple hours before dawn, calls for almost $1 trillion in new taxes over the next decade to help reduce the deficit. Although the budget is nonbinding and isn’t likely to become law, it fleshes out Democrats’ vision of a plan to reduce the deficit while protecting safety-net programs. The Senate passed the budget 50-49, largely along party lines.

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887324103504578377843045138904.html

Tiberius - pulling the tail of the left AND right when needed

March 23rd, 2013
7:20 am

DOA in the House, though.

Cherokee

March 23rd, 2013
7:50 am

Yeah Mr. Smith, and once the post office is gone, let’s see how much it costs you to send your first class letter to Alaska – betcha it will be much more than 45 cents…

Whirled Peas

March 23rd, 2013
8:42 am

At least the baby shot in Brunswick was not shot as the result of an inter-racial incident. That would have made it a hate crime and then it would have been really bad.

@@

March 23rd, 2013
8:58 am

Fat fat fat. Not a 40 year old with a little beer gut, no. We’re talking 50-60-70-80 pounds and more overweight. It disgusts me…

Big GULP!!!!!!!

Perhaps we should euthanize them? Sterilize them?

Such a liability, those fatties. Where’s the justice for all….

the rest of us?

schnirt

indigo

March 23rd, 2013
9:05 am

Political madness in Georgia is not confined to March.

indigo

March 23rd, 2013
9:12 am

breckenridge – 11:05

Since there is not a shred of hard evidence proving the existence of God, why do you believe in “a just God”?

The only sensible thing to do is to say “I don’t know if there is or is not a God(or Gods) and patiently wait for hard evidence which will decide the question, one way or another.

But, when it comes to religion most people just throw reason out the window. Why this is I do not know.

Aesop's Fables and other Lib Economic Theories

March 23rd, 2013
9:20 am

Baucus, Begich, Hagan and Pryor joined the entire GOP caucus in voting against the budget resolution. Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.) missed the vote.

Skeered of something?

It doesn’t matter anyway, y’all, in November 2014, after ten months of obozocare wrecking finances and destroying their health care provider, anything with a D behind it’s name will be gone, with extreme prejudice.

Rafe Hollister

March 23rd, 2013
9:27 am

They made fun of the Ryan budget getting on 40 votes in the Senate, yet, the never ending spending budget got only 50. The Murray budget wasn’t much more popular than Ryan’s, but it will not get the ridicule it deserves.

4 Dems voted against it, all in States that voted for Romney. 4 more in Romney States drank the koolaid and voted with Hairy and Patty. Hopefully, those four, Landrieu, Pryor, Johnson, and Manchin, hear the voices of their voters, in Nov 2016.

All those 8 Dems riding the fence, now get to vote on the Gun Control Bill, their stress levels have to be high.

@@

March 23rd, 2013
9:29 am

indigo:

But, when it comes to religion most people just throw reason out the window. Why this is I do not know.

Wrong!

One of the four pillars of John Wesley’s “Quadrilateral” is REASON. Methodists apply it in our theological reflection. There are four in all:

1.Scripture
2.Tradition
3.Reason
4.Experience

Just so you know….

AtlSteve

March 23rd, 2013
9:31 am

GO TARHEELS!!!!

Aesop's Fables and other Lib Economic Theories

March 23rd, 2013
9:36 am

Only a lib could ride along through space on a planet that has to have been created by a Higher Power and basically convince themselves that nothing even exists.

indigo

March 23rd, 2013
9:45 am

@@ – 9:29
Aesop – 9:36

Read this and try to reduce your abysmal level of ignorance.

http://prohuman.net/science/skeptical_inquiry_religion.htm

Tiberius - pulling the tail of the left AND right when needed

March 23rd, 2013
9:52 am

“Yeah Mr. Smith, and once the post office is gone, let’s see how much it costs you to send your first class letter to Alaska – betcha it will be much more than 45 cents…”

So we prop up an inefficient organization because it will cost us more to mail something that is going out of style, Cherokee?

That is the epitome of a liberal argument.

Tiberius - pulling the tail of the left AND right when needed

March 23rd, 2013
9:56 am

“Only a lib could ride along through space on a planet that has to have been created by a Higher Power ”

Yeah, ’cause that gravity stuff is just magic . . . . :roll:

Dusty

March 23rd, 2013
10:02 am

Breckenridge,

Keep advertising your bigotry against Christians. That’s all it is and we are citizens just like you. But you would like to get rid of us. As you said, “You will continue to attack evangelical Christianity.” although it is one of the greatest humane operations in the world.

Well, let me know when you start burning us at the stake. I will get my fireproof suit on as you and indigo build the fires. I guess you will also burn the Bible long considered the greatest literature in the world. OH yes, and burn the fat people.

Anybody else you want to exterminate in your improvement plan for the USA?

@@

March 23rd, 2013
10:07 am

indigo:

I found nothing conclusive at your link. Freethinkers continue on an endless path to nowhere. If that’s what you prefer, so be it.

Far be it from me to tell YOU what YOU should or should not believe.

My only request is that you and those like you leave me free to follow my own path.

As far as I’m concerned our little exchange is over.

indigo

March 23rd, 2013
10:26 am

@@

Where did I ever say you wern’t free to follow your own path?

I believe in freedom of religion. Unfortunately, there are those in America who don’t believe we should have freedom FROM religion.

Rafe Hollister

March 23rd, 2013
10:38 am

with indigo and breck, it seems every problem, discussion, situation creates a reason for them to spout their fervent anti religious zealotry. As I said yesterday, they are the equivalent of a religious zealot on your front porch trying to get you to attend their church. If you enjoy conversing with those religious zealots, you will enjoy reading and debating anti religious zealots indigo and breck’s post.

Otherwise, back to your regular programming.

indigo

March 23rd, 2013
10:47 am

Rafe

If you weren’t so intent on attacking me, you would have noticed I NEVER make any anti-religious comments UNTIL someone here makes a pro-religious one.

For some reason, you never seem to mind all the pro religious zealot comments here.

Stephenson Billings

March 23rd, 2013
11:02 am

“We will get single payer like the rest of the civilized world”

Yea, that’ll keep costs down and improve service/treatment….

/sarcasm

Aesop's Fables and other Lib Economic Theories

March 23rd, 2013
11:09 am

Wonderful, I spend ten minutes of my life reading through the gobbledy gook hoping that maybe there might be just a spark of reason that might perhaps cause a bit of self reflection and further understanding, instead I labor on to this little jewel -

In my view, we need more skeptical inquirers who possess
the requisite expertise and are able to apply their investiga-
tive skills to religious claims. Such skeptical inquiry is sorely
needed today. It could play a vital role in the debate between
religion and science.

Yes, indie, I’ll be sure to become an airhead at the very next opportunity.

Look, man, you think Christians are the problem and I think the sods and other assorted low morals deviants are the cause of the troubles we face, history happens to back me up. Remember what happened to the Romans when they threw off their responsibilities and went to having at it? Heard much from the Grecian Empire lately?

Rafe Hollister

March 23rd, 2013
11:23 am

Here are the 20 Republicans who voted to give the Obama Administration the funding it needs to implement Obamacare. The highlighted senators are running for re-election in 2014.
Alexander (R-TN)
Barrasso (R-WY)
Blunt (R-MO)
Boozman (R-AR)
Chambliss (R-GA)
Coats (R-IN)
Cochran (R-MS)
Collins (R-ME)
Corker (R-TN)
Cornyn (R-TX)
Hatch (R-UT)
Hoeven (R-ND)
Isakson (R-GA)
Johanns (R-NE)
McConnell (R-KY)
Murkowski (R-AK)
Sessions (R-AL)
Shelby (R-AL)
Thune (R-SD)
Wicker (R-MS)

Well, wouldn’t you know our two Georgia sellout Senators once again sold out, those of us who put them in the Senate.

Aesop's Fables and other Lib Economic Theories

March 23rd, 2013
11:27 am

Time to hit the campaign trail and eat these people up -

The Senate plan, in contrast, includes $100 billion in upfront infrastructure spending to stimulate the economy and calls for special fast-track rules to overhaul the tax code and raise $975 billion over 10 years through legislation that could not be filibustered. Even with that tax increase and prescribed spending cuts, the Senate plan would leave the government with a $566 billion deficit in 10 years, and $5.2 trillion in additional debt over that time.

Pretty obvious we need new leadership in the Senate, ain’t it?

This is a blueprint for our success, analyze this evidence, run real projections on the numbers and then educate the American people what folly and ruin the dummycrats have in store for us.

Hang it around hairy reed’s neck.

bluecoat

March 23rd, 2013
11:29 am

If tax payer has to bail out po.We get to pay for the the parasites postage.More benefits.

Aesop's Fables and other Lib Economic Theories

March 23rd, 2013
11:33 am

Global warming!

HEAVY snow is expected over the next 36 hours as Britain shivers on the coldest March weekend in 50 years. Officials advised people to avoid all but essential travel and the Met Office issued a level-3 cold weather health alert.

Can I get a duh?

curious

March 23rd, 2013
11:36 am

Anybody notice how just about every Obama initiative predicted to be a disaster by some posters here haven’t worked out that way?

@@

March 23rd, 2013
11:36 am

Unfortunately, there are those in America who don’t believe we should have freedom FROM religion.

^^^ that is where your liberal mindset kicks in. Since you’ve become accustomed to having your life directed, you assume that everyone’s out to do just that. We’re not.

Just to expand on your need to think freely, perhaps you can tell me what prompts people like the two teens in Brunswick who decided killing a baby was the right thing to do? How about those who killed little 6-month-old Jonylah Watkins in Chicago? What about Dr. Kermit Gosnell who’s accused of killing seven late-term babies and a mother at his abortion clinic? What drives them to do the things they do?

Have they not evolved? Where does their lack of respect for human life stem from, indigo? What’s missing in their lives….in their DNA?

Aesop's Fables and other Lib Economic Theories

March 23rd, 2013
11:42 am

Every obozo iniative has been a disaster, name one that hasn’t.

I dare you.

bluecoat

March 23rd, 2013
11:43 am

We need new members in the House & senate.Need remove all the teaquester, then the new and remainder of old could possibly work together.

curious

March 23rd, 2013
11:49 am

Obamacare
Reduced dependence on foreign oil
Car industry in the US

Probably could name some more, but with your blinders on, you couldn’t see them.

Stephenson Billings

March 23rd, 2013
11:49 am

Rafe @ 11:23:

Um, as we all know, Chambliss is NOT running for re-election next year…..

Stephenson Billings

March 23rd, 2013
11:50 am

The Senate budget passed with a 50-49 vote. I’d say it as pretty much party-line with a few defectors.

curious

March 23rd, 2013
11:54 am

Both Senators from GA, Al, TN, & MS voted to fund Obamacare. Even McConnell.

They may actually think their states will benefit from Obamacare.