I hope to see you all at the Democratic Party of Georgia Cook Out tomorrow, it’s at the new HQ on the chic Westside.

If you are not in metro, the rest of the state is cooking up some good times too. Check out the full list of activities here.

If you haven’t read this article on Rick Perry’s campaign manager, it’s worth it.

As usual a day late and a dollar short. Dude those elections were earlier this year. Sigh.

 

11 Responses to Open Thread

  1. mr. heartache says:

  2. JMPrince says:

    Big Think piece from the Atlantic: Can the Middle Class be Saved?

    http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2011/09/can-the-middle-class-be-saved/8600/?single_page=true

    Perhaps not soon enough. JMP

  3. JMPrince says:

    Because we all need something substantial & new to chew on:

    “Austerity and Anarchy: Budget Cuts and Social Unrest in Europe, 1919-2009
    Jacopo Ponticelli Hans-Joachim Voth
    9 August 2011”

    “In the wake of this week’s London riots, some commentators have linked the youth unrest to budget cuts. The authors of CEPR DP8513 explore the historical basis for this view and finds that austerity and violence have tended to go hand in hand”.

    http://www.voxeu.org/sites/default/files/file/DP8513.pdf

    File under the ever overstuffed files of ‘no one could have predicted this’. JMP

  4. JMPrince says:

    Yes, saddest news I heard all day. RIP, & may we wish godspeed to all our troops in returning home sooner. Alive & well.

    Best short piece on the debt ceiling here with a bit of history, TNR:

    http://www.tnr.com/blog/jonathan-chait/93307/we-being-downgraded-the-wrong-reasons

    Why the GOP has taken basic governance back more than 200 years, an overview from England & a bit longer & technical, but directly related to why our founders did what they did:

    “What really happened during the Glorious Revolution – and why it matters for current fiscal crises”
    voxeu.org/index.php?q=node/6837

    What happens when you seek to Reinvent the ‘Divine right of Kings’ and want to forever insist that certain ‘favored ennobled classes’ need not pay taxes, or always will be taxed at wildly discounted rates that never suffice to fund governments? Default ensues. JMP

  5. Jason Dozier says:

    RIP to the 31 Soldiers and Sailors that lost their lives today.

  6. JMPrince says:

    Something Z caught that I noticed going by during the ‘deal’:

    “Debt Deal Would End Subsidized Loans To Grad Students, Produce Savings Equal To Only Three Months In Afghanistan”

    http://thinkprogress.org/education/2011/08/01/284804/subsidized-loans-afghanistan/

    There’s literally very little graduate education that would not be negatively impacted, and likely everyone here with a grad degree might have been unable to attend otherwise. Sweet! JMP

  7. JMPrince says:

    God’s Blog @ the NewYorker, ‘Natch for NPF:
    http://www.newyorker.com/humor/2011/08/08/110808sh_shouts_simms

    And yes, that should have been ‘for the benefit of the PIC’ (above). Sorry for any confusion engendered. JMP

  8. JMPrince says:

    Wherein Mike K. finds a group of yes, Republicans Advocating for a return to a high, mid-century 70-80% Marginal Tax Rate!

    http://rortybomb.wordpress.com/2011/08/03/elk-sloan-on-alec-and-prison-sentencing-and-labor/

    Wait? It’s just a ‘special case’? Just created for the benefit of Prison Industrial Complex? That’s why… Rethuglicans!
    JMP