Morning Reads for Tuesday, November 20th, 2012

November 20, 2012 7:52 am

by Stefan · 52 comments

We are not impressed by your current choice of reading material.


Not Here:

  • Eventually everything fails (Wired)
  • Time marches on but human’s intelligence trails (TheIndependent)
  • Canine Index trailing indicator of country’s wealth score (WaPo)
  • No matter what happens, Hamas won the war, (ForeignPolicy)
  • Is it Game Over for Grover?  (Salon)
  • When the election was actually called, or media as drover (Bloomberg)
  • Cuban Americans voting patterns far from cemented (MiamiHerald)
  • Esquire asks: Is the Republican party demented? (Esquire)
Bonus:  Elberton is Cheese Capital of the South (AthensBannerHerald)
Follow me on the twitters @stefanturk
mountainpass November 20, 2012 at 8:13 am
Charlie November 20, 2012 at 8:21 am

Please do not post links without context.

mountainpass November 20, 2012 at 8:28 am

Sorry bossman.


On 11/18/2012 at approximately 7:40 pm the Statesboro Police Department responded to The Grove apartments, 1150 Brampton Avenue, apartment #944 in reference to an armed robbery with a gun. The victim stated five unknown masked black males entered his residence without permission, brandished firearms, and then struck the victim several times with the firearms on the face. Anyone with information on this incident is asked to contact the Statesboro Police Department at 764-9911 or the Georgia Southern University Police at 478-5234.

Safety Tips:
Keep your doors locked at all times.
Never open the door without knowing who is on the outside.
Never open the door for strangers.
Call the police immediately for suspicious persons/activities.”

Stefan November 20, 2012 at 8:49 am

This doesn’t rhyme, also the meter is terrible.

The Last Democrat in Georgia November 20, 2012 at 8:51 am

Other Safety Tips:
1) Never sell marijuana and other illegal drugs out of your apartment on another drug dealer’s territory.
2) Never sell illegal drugs out of your own apartment.
3) Never sell illegal drugs without being heavily armed, first.
4) Call the police immediately for suspicious persons/activities…Unless, of course, you are the suspicious person engaging in suspicious activities, which in that case refer to #3.

saltycracker November 20, 2012 at 10:58 am


AMB November 20, 2012 at 11:22 am


Baker November 20, 2012 at 8:36 am

A couple to add: Maybe y’all posted this and I missed it, but apparently Mayor Daley is influencing Lincoln County voting behaviour

And then there is a new piece from Wingfield on the stadium:

Stefan November 20, 2012 at 8:48 am

stadium piece got posted yesterday, but yeah, I agree, we need to talk about the stadium coming out of Thanksgiving (that’s what we call, in media parlance, a tease).

Nixonstheone November 20, 2012 at 8:38 am

(bad link on the high school story)

Stefan November 20, 2012 at 8:52 am

Thanks. Fixed.

Harry November 20, 2012 at 8:48 am

Update on Arpaio’s investigation of Obama’s purported birth certificate

Stefan November 20, 2012 at 8:58 am

I am of the opinion that only those born in the original 13 states are eligible for the Presidency. Clearly the founders did not include an archipelago that hadn’t even been discovered by Europeans in their definition of the United States. So, all you needed to say was “he was born in Hawaii”.

Harry November 20, 2012 at 9:24 am

Your opinion is not Constitutional.

Stefan November 20, 2012 at 9:36 am

I’m an Originalist. Or a Strict Constructionist.

It’s what the Founders would have done. (both meanings)

Harry November 20, 2012 at 9:48 am

Instead of making such faulty sidetracks, you should rather attempt to refute the specific content of the affidavit.

Ed November 20, 2012 at 10:03 am

He doesn’t need to refute the specific content of the affidavit.

KNOWN FACT: Hawaii would not have been considered part of the U.S., even if you had briefed the Founding Fathers on its existence.

Thus, “born in Hawaii” is enough to prove that Obama is an illegal alien who has usurped the White House.

KNOWN FACT 2: I am never wrong.

griftdrift November 20, 2012 at 10:53 am

I love the smell of existentialism in the morning

David C November 20, 2012 at 11:02 am

Trivia Question: First President born outside the Original 13 states, and this the first dangerous usurper of the Constitution, according to Stefan?

Followup: How many of Stefan’s usurper Presidents have there been? Name them.

Stefan November 21, 2012 at 1:17 am

Ok with me in reverse chronological order: Bush, Bush, Carter, Kennedy, Roosevelt,

Not ok: Obama, Clinton, Reagan, Ford, Nixon, Johnson, Truman

Who would you rather?

Baker November 21, 2012 at 9:20 am

this is a good trivia question: Lincoln wasn’t born in the original 13. I was thinking maybe Andrew Jackson with the Tennessee connection, but it’s Lincoln.

Further proof, Obama = Lincoln…..

Stefan November 21, 2012 at 10:28 am

My recollection of a few of the above was wrong, but it doesn’t change their category. Bush I was Massachusetts and not Connecticut, and Eisenhower is Texas, not Kansas.

I get Andrew Johnson (of Tennessee) and Andrew Jackson (of Tennessee) confused. Btw, this is the wikipedia entry for Andrew Jackson’s birth location: “Waxhaws border region between The Carolinas (exact location disputed)”

Jackson might be the only President that passes my test but fails the more standardized one. He was born in an area covered by the original thirteen colonies, but between states and before the creation of the nation.

Sheriff Arpaio is cc’ed on this comment in the hopes he will follow up.

AMB November 20, 2012 at 9:39 am

So this deputy conned two trips to Hawaii out of this false birther nonsense? Well done. Well done, indeed. Who paid for those trips?

Harry November 20, 2012 at 9:49 am

Again, you should make your comment worthwhile by attempting to refute the specific content of the affidavit.

AMB November 20, 2012 at 9:58 am

Born in Hawaii. Elected twice. Sorry if that gets your racist panties in a wad.

Harry November 20, 2012 at 10:15 am

What makes you believe BHO was born in any specific place?

Stefan November 20, 2012 at 10:30 am

Just got metaphysical. Now I am paying attention.

Harry November 20, 2012 at 10:33 am

Yes, we can’t say that Obama was born in Hawaii.

Ed November 20, 2012 at 10:35 am

KNOWN FACT:Harry is elucidating and edifying and enlightening the masses.

Thank you for your service to your country, sir.

saltycracker November 20, 2012 at 11:10 am

I just sat through all the Twilight series with a bunch of kids preparing for the new one. So I’m ready to believe anything about Obama’s origins.
What should be of concern is that the voters did not drive a stake in his resurrection.

benevolus November 20, 2012 at 11:06 am

A simulacrum? Cool!

ricstewart November 20, 2012 at 3:44 pm

Arpaio… you mean the guy with 40,000 unserved felony arrest warrants in his county?
Please forgive me if I have difficulty taking him seriously.

Harry November 20, 2012 at 8:53 am

Eric Holder’s wife engages in racial genocide in College Park

Ed November 20, 2012 at 10:12 am

KNOWN FACT: Joe Biden is 70.

Pretty sure being POTUS until your 80s is not a good idea, just a thought for the next election.

saltycracker November 20, 2012 at 10:47 am

The conclusion in the linked story on Hamas is very plausible.
“The conundrum is crystal clear: Hamas won’t make peace with Israel, and Abbas can’t. The way forward is much less so.”

The US and its fading allies on peace in the Middle East like Turkey and Egypt address all their concerns to Israel. None are firm telling the Hamas to stop lobbing Iranian rockets by the hundreds on Israel.

Stefan November 20, 2012 at 12:33 pm

I agree with you, but additionally the US cannot speak directly with Hamas and telling them through intermediaries who have no coercive power isn’t getting it done.

saltycracker November 20, 2012 at 1:24 pm

True however the sympathies for Arab Spring, including terrorists, are in the wind.
Egypt will broker a cease fire to allow Iran time to reload the Hamas.

saltycracker November 20, 2012 at 10:55 am

The Miami article on 47 % of Cubans voting Democratic is not good for Republicans. These immigrants are freedom loving Americans of the first order. The concern for the white panther tea party image that all Hispanics look illegally alike needs changing.

Baker November 20, 2012 at 1:02 pm

If you are at all a conservative, pass this article all over the place:

Good piece on Republican need to rethink harsh rhetoric.

John Konop November 20, 2012 at 1:23 pm


If you look at the numbers in the last election it is clear Romney lost via the Latino vote. If Romney had even gotten the numbers McCain had 31% he would be president. When you combine that with younger people being libertarian about social issues, Asian the fastest growing immigration group voting like Latinos, and Lation Americans turning 18 at 50k a month, this is very toxic formula for the GOP. The answer is simple focus on financial solution and chill out on social politics and immigration. The father of the conservative movement warned the GOP about social politics…………

Barry Goldwater:

………. Moral Majority founder Jerry Falwell’s opposition to the nomination of Sandra Day O’Connor to the Supreme Court, of which Falwell had said, “Every good Christian should be concerned”, Goldwater retorted: “Every good Christian ought to kick Falwell right in the ass……….

……….. criticized the military’s ban on homosexuals:[59] “Everyone knows that gays have served honorably in the military since at least the time of Julius Caesar.”[65] He also said, “You don’t need to be ‘straight’ to fight and die for your country. You just need to shoot straight……….

…… Goldwater endorsed an Arizona initiative to legalize medical marijuana against the countervailing opinion of social conservatives….

Baker November 20, 2012 at 1:48 pm

Did you read that piece?

Baker November 20, 2012 at 1:49 pm

I agree with all 3 of those Goldwater bits, but would point out he got killed in the election.

John Konop November 20, 2012 at 2:00 pm

Times have changed…………….I do think it was partially the tone, but it also got voters focused on the policy. I do think the future winning formula is fiscally conservative combined with a libertarian view on social policy. Ron Paul did well with young voters, but they hit the road in masses in the general. A moderate version of Ron Paul would of beaten Obama ie Chris Christie…….

Baker November 20, 2012 at 2:05 pm

I’m totally in favor of Chris Christie, but he’s not all that libertarian on social policy. He just doesn’t get forced to talk about it all the time, and he is good at not getting bogged down into that stuff.

Baker November 20, 2012 at 2:06 pm

With the exception of immigration policy, whatever actual policy there is, I think everything else Repubs got in trouble for last election was absolutely tone or just bull-in-a-china-shop ways of talking about things.

xdog November 20, 2012 at 2:27 pm

Former NH Senator Warren Rudman, co-author of the Gramm-Rudman-Hollings deficit reduction act and a key backer of fellow Granite Stater David Souter’s being named to the U.S. Supreme Court, has died.

If the only NH pol you know is Sununu you should check out Rudman for how a goper should behave.

atlanta_advocate November 20, 2012 at 3:40 pm

John Konop:

The people who keep claiming that if the GOP goes liberal on social issues they will win … just how will the GOP replace the tens of millions of social conservative voters in their base? The folks who will either A) stay home or B) start – or start back! – voting Democrat if social issues are taken off the table?

Harry November 20, 2012 at 3:42 pm

You think you’ve got us on the horns of a dilemma. Let me remind you, the best laid plans of mice and men often go astray.

John Konop November 20, 2012 at 4:15 pm

Liberal or Libertarian or social issues ?

Three Jack November 20, 2012 at 5:26 pm

Smart GOPers realize you don’t have to go ‘liberal’ on social issues, just shut the f up when asked about it if you are running in a major race. Of course the lack of smart GOPers tends to diminish their influence within the ranks of party faithful who generally place bedroom policing policies over fiscal matters.

ricstewart November 20, 2012 at 6:12 pm

If the GOP becomes socially liberal, we’ll just have two parties who are both fiscally liberal and socially liberal.

tdk790 November 20, 2012 at 6:15 pm

Good point.

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