Morning Reads for Tuesday, August 21st


  • Atlanta has added more college grads than Boston or Frisco [Forbes]
  • Many are upset at a Living Walls Fresco [CL-FreshLoaf]
  • Judge who presigned warrants under investigation [DailyReport]
  • Saxby Chambliss talks sequestration [SavannahMorningNews]
  • Senate runoff is a battle of Gails [Neighbor]
  • I hope this is what the future of MARTA entails [ThePoke]
  • When next in Savannah, you have got to try these pies [DesignSponge]
  • Perhaps when stopping by to learn making art from these guys [DesignMilk]
  • Been here so long, Gorillas almost our pets [AJC]
  • Dalton has to figure something out beyond just making carpets [NYTimes]

Oh, and a couple more things:

  • UGA is #5 at something, [AJC]
  • And here are charts on death and taxes for your morning data mining. [WSJ, Ritholtz]


  1. mountainpass says:

    Atlanta City Council Campus Safety Task Force Recommendations‏

    -Enact legislation establishing campus crime free zones with increased criminal penalties.

    Yeah cause the Campus Gun Free Zone has worked so well……I mean the criminal doesn’t fear the following charges : carrying a firearm without a license ; carrying a stolen firearm ; carrying a firearm while committing a felony ; carrying on a college campus ; probably felon in possession of a firearm ; and of course armed robbery…..yeah another law will stop him!

    Come on folks, this is just silly grandstanding at it’s presser finest!

  2. saltycracker says:

    This is an excess of excellent topics that mess up our usual quick read, caffine induced response.

  3. Three Jack says:

    Good column by Niall Ferguson this week, amazingly the cover story for Newsweek — Hit the road Barack —

    The data referenced by Ferguson is staggering — “And even that figure understates the real debt burden. The most recent estimate for the difference between the net present value of federal government liabilities and the net present value of future federal revenues—what economist Larry Kotlikoff calls the true “fiscal gap”—is $222 trillion.”

    • saltycracker says:

      The stock market rise is attributable to 0% interest and businesses being very cautious by hoarding cash, hiring part time or temps and waiting for action on
      the 2013 tax increases, health care, infrastructure vs. redistribution……

      • Blake says:

        Niall Ferguson’s cover story has been destroyed by the rest of the blogosphere (James Fallows, Andrew Sullivan, Paul Krugman, Brad DeLong, someone else at the Atlantic, etc., etc.).

          • John Konop says:

            Three jack,

            Andrew Sullivan is a libertarian like you Bart. He is openly gay, but you are a libertarian and that should not be a big deal for you…. I am not defending the Obama administration,…..but calling Sullivan a liberal is not keeping it real.

            Agree or disagree with Blake, he seems open minded to opposing view points and does not come across as an ideologue.

            • Three Jack says:

              If Andrew Sullivan is claiming to be a libertarian, then he didn’t understand the question. I could care less who he sleeps with, he is just wrong in his analysis of the Obama administration.

              And anybody who references the liberal blogger responses as ‘destroying’ Ferguson’s column exposes his/her ideology. Especially when he/she dismisses Ferguson’s response out of hand.

              • John Konop says:

                Just facts………

                …….The core principles of Sullivan’s blog have been the style of conservatism he views as traditional. This includes fiscal conservatism, limited government, and classic libertarianism on social issues. Sullivan opposes government involvement with respect to sexual and consensual matters between adults, such as the use of marijuana and prostitution. Sullivan believes recognition of same-sex marriage is a civil-rights issue but is willing to promote it on a state-by-state legislative federalism basis, rather than trying to judicially impose the change.[21] Most of Sullivan’s disputes with other conservatives have been over social issues, such as these, and the handling of postwar Iraq………….


                • Three Jack says:

                  We can pick nits over political labels all day…from the same wiki link — “His position on abortion is mixed; he says that he personally finds it immoral and favors overturning Roe v. Wade, but can accept legal abortions in the first trimester.” also, he endorsed Obama, hardly a libertarian.

                  The thread started with a column about Obama’s failed administration. If you want to disagree with that premise, then by all means let’s discuss.

              • Blake says:

                *shrug* They destroyed his so-called “facts.” Obviously, one can legitimately hold the opinion that Obama’s administration has been a failure, and make a case for it, but my point was that Ferguson’s supporting data points were inadequate.

                And frankly, it was Ferguson who dismissed most of his critics out of hand, all except O’Brien. I’m a working stiff; I don’t have hours to spend analyzing his rebuttal and detailing how much it blows. What’s his excuse for not replying to his strongest critics? That’s his job.

                His abject failure in attributing the 2010 employment bump to the stimulus, when it was the census, is pretty much a representative mistake that tells you all you need to know. And finally, if I seem dismissive, it’s because it isn’t the first time that Ferguson has made such a colossal cock-up. He has a bad track record.

          • Blake says:

            A bunch of bloggers, many of them liberal, destroyed his so-called “facts,” noting his selective editing and rhetorical sleight-of-hand. Their ideology has no bearing on the glaring mistakes Ferguson made.

            Yeah, I read his “rebuttal”; pretty thin and unconvincing. No wonder he only answered his weakest opponent point-by-point. He couldn’t take on the stronger ones.

            And yes, Stefan, census hiring comes into it; Ferguson really screwed up there:


            Thanks for the recognition, John–though I believe Sullivan identifies more as a conservative than a libertarian (obviously, a Tory conservative, not a Republican conservative).

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