Morning Reads for Thursday, March 14

Ha.  It’s Cannibis Awareness Day at the Capitol.  The Cannibis Conference starts tomorrow.  Pretty fitting that it’s also Pi (and Munchies?) Day.





  1. Ed says:


    I can provide a list of suitable gifts for those who are stumped and don’t want to send large sums of cash.

    • Lea Thrace says:

      So where’s the list?

      I’m DEFINITELY NOT getting you anything. Just curious as to what someone like the great and powerful ED wants. 😀

      • Ed says:

        Are you familiar with the 2 Chainz poetic masterpiece “Birthday Song”?


        I really just want large sums of cash,

        A fully-loaded Ford F-250 in vermilion red, a yacht (nothing too ostentatious, perhaps a 35-footer) with a berth in Ocho Rios, an original Charles Schulz or Stephen Pastis print (preferably with Pig)… You know, nothing too luxe. I realize wallets are still light these days.

  2. Nonchalant says:

    Regarding the new pope–I note that a majority of Catholics are now in Africa and Latin America combined, with 8% apparently being from North America. I thus have been particularly touched by all the commenters in this nation who gave been hoping the pope somehow turns the church into one the folks at MSNBC would go to, if they deigned to go to a church.

    My guess is that is just not going to happen, and I find it interesting that the people who always tell us we must understand and respect other cultures want a central institution of some of those cultures to change to be just like them–American Democrats. Who said cultural imperialism and ethnocentrism by the West was dead?

    • John Vestal says:

      Pretty sure that 8% figure is considerably understated…I’ve seen a 16% figure. Keep in mind the U.S., Guyana, and Suriname are the only countries in the Americas that are not majority Catholic.

      In the U.S., Catholicism is showing the smallest rate of decline of all Christian denominations. From 2007 to 2012, those who consider their religious affiliation to be Catholic has remained in the 22%-23% range. Meanwhile, and for the first time, the majority of Americans do not consider themselves to be affiliated with any of the Protestant denominations…dropping from 53% to 48% over the same period. “Unaffiliateds” (athesit, agnostic, “none”) has risen from just over 15% to just under 20%.

      I believe it’s safe to assume that immigration has certainly helped Catholicism remained at a steadier level.

      • Nonchalant says:

        Number of 8% taken from this morning’s USA Today front page graph. I did somewhat think something was askew myself, based upon other things I read leading up to the Conclave (esp. number of cardinals). But journalists are gods among men, so who was I to question?

    • D_in_ATL says:

      “… church into one the folks at MSNBC would go to, if they deigned to go to a church.”

      Profound; Save this for when you want to impress new friends.

  3. Nonchalant says:

    There is an article in today’s Wall St. Journal about Senators questioning the ability of flag-level commanding officers to overturn verdicts in military trials. In particular, the case was for sexual assault.

    Naturally, because it is such a topic, we are in “The Crucible”, and no one will speak to defend the system. But I will. So, my answer to the Senators who wish to apply civilian standards to everything is that flag-level general officers get to overturn because the military justice system is designed to support both justice and the military. There simply cannot be an independent element in the military subverting the chain of command via specious legal theories–i.e., judicial activism, and thus causing adverse problems, especially for morale or for command direction. At the end of the day the military has got to pull with one oar, and it is the commanding general who gets to call tne stroke. Period.

    Render unto the military what art the military’s. If you wish for no flag-level review, then move the case-type to civilian courts. Simple as that. Think before you opine. Do not poison and kill that which you do not understand, which, for a Senator, is often nearly the entire universe of man’s knowledge, and in this case, is the idea the military needs its own system, and has styles and qualities of leadership of which civilians could only dream.

    Perhaps if the Senators just made for automatic conviction and auto de fe of those accused of sexual harassment they would be happy.

  4. saltycracker says:

    We’re gonna need a little advance notice here first on PP when the Feds end the heroin drip:

    “This could be the greatest bull run since the 80s only because there’s nowhere else for investors to go,” said Alan Valdes, director of floor operations at DME Securities. “The Fed’s pumping $85 billion a month into the market so there’s no way for it to go down, but everyone’s got their finger on the trigger because they don’t know when this is going to turn.”|headline|quote|text|&par=yahoo

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