Morning Reads for Wednesday, December 21st

“The main reason Santa is so jolly is because he knows where all the bad girls live.” – George Carlin

Here in Georgia…
– South Carolina has cut funding for a joint port project with Georgia.
– The Fulton County School Board opted not to the renew the charter of Fulton Science, a well respected charter school with some 500 students.
– The report documenting CRCT cheating in Dougherty County has been released. In all, 49 principles and teachers are implicated in the scandal.
Don’t photoshop pictures of politicians in an unflattering manner.

National stories of interest…
– Ron Paul is the leader in Iowa.
– Charles Lane explains that Barack Obama has a “simplistic view” of income inequality. This one is really worth a read.
– An economic tale of two Koreas.
– Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) has put out a new report documenting $6.5 billion in wasteful spending.
– Politico reports that Gary Johnson will drop out of the race for the GOP nomination and make the switch to the Libertarian Party.
– Cuba is in mourning over the death of Kim Jong Il.

A few that I like…
– Say what you want about him, but Mark Richt is a really classy guy.
– In case you haven’t seen it, here is the trailer for The Dark Knight Rises. Peter Suderman notes that income inequality will be a theme of the film. Sigh.
– Here are the 10 best Ron Swanson tributes of 2011 (mind the language).
– CNet has the lists of the top 11 downloads of 2011.


  1. The Last Democrat in Georgia says:

    “- Politico reports that Gary Johnson will drop out of the race for the GOP nomination and make the switch to the Libertarian Party.”

    Gary Johnson is in the race for the GOP nomination?

    Wait. Who is Gary Johnson?

    • Engineer says:

      He was governor of New Mexico from 95-03. He was at one of the Republican debates a few months ago. He was the one that said his dogs have created more shovel-ready jobs than Obama has. (Did I use “He was” enough?)

  2. saltycracker says:

    National Geographic named two U.S. cities & eight foreign cities as the top 10 in the world for Holiday Lights. The only U.S. ones are in the south: Callaway Gardens, Ga. & St. Augustine, Fl.

    From the St. Augustine Record:
    National Geographic: City’s holiday lights among top 10 in the world

    Think the more than 2 million white holiday lights starring downtown are more than a little fetching?

    National Geographic magazine editors agreed, recently naming the display one of the 10 best locations in the world to see holiday lights, according to its website.

    Others in the top 10 include Brussels, Copenhagen, Madrid and Kobe, Japan.
    Only one other U.S. city got the nod: Callaway Gardens, Ga.

    Big fan of St. Augustine – easy to get to – nation’s oldest city, packed with history, museums, old churches & homes, Spanish forts, bayfront, arts, golf hall of fame, boating, great parks, B&B’s, family condos (reasonable rates), many good restaurants (fair prices), wide hard packed beautiful beaches with no high rises and of course, out on I-95, two big premium outlets.

    Not to mention the kids & young adult fun/learning stuff at the alligator farm, pirates museum, eco-tours, the beaches, day trips and on and on and on.

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