Morning Reads for Tuesday, October 1st, 2013

21 years ago today, Cartoon Network was launched by your friends on Williams Street.  Today is Independence Day in Cyprus and Nigeria (both 1960), and Tuvalu (1978). And of note,  The people that keep Georgia and National Reads separate have been furloughed. More after the jump…


  • As mentioned by Eric, Georgia’s zero tolerance laws have got it wrong(mdj)
  • House Republican fears party going the way of Long Duk Dong (WaPo)
  • Atlanta’s getting more Weed less Seed, upon closer inspection (WSB)
  • SpongeBob responsible for Savannah official’s ejection (lowcountry)


  • Attention conformists, you might have to get a new car,
  • Toyota Camry’s no longer setting the bar (Bloomberg),
  • Can a case begun as a sounding rocket,
  • be the one that topples Campaign limits on SCOTUS’s docket? (San Francisco Chronicle),


  • We Shall Overwhelm: A new book explores when and why America’s rich protest (Prospect),
  • and how normal people become engaged and enraged at others’ behest,
  • Seinfeld as parable, in “The Parking Garage” (Omni Reboot),
  • It is Flux this weekend – you are invited to join my entourage (CreativeLoafing)


  • Ted Cruz, a “wacko bird” who sees himself as America’s sprag (GQ),
  • is perhaps the worst purveyor of the humble brag.
  • The Path to Dysfunction, can we discuss? (Economix)
  • An Argument With Instruments: On Charles Mingus (Nation)


  • Have Americans Forgotten How To Grow? No, Innovation Is In Our DNA (Forbes)
  • The GDP Effects of a (Brief) Federal Government Shutdown (a bit wonk-ay) (Macroeconomic Advisors
  • The GOP’s debt limit strategy is insane. People should say so. (The Plum Line)
  • A furious Dutch overview of how American cyclists go (Upworthy)


  • The Falcons officially choose the Stadium’s South site (AtlBizChron)
  • Time to tame the NSA behemoth trampling our rights (The Guardian)
  • Conclusions of climate science haven’t changed, you’d think critics would be running on fumes,(Wonkblog)
  • But A Move Is Afoot to Keep Climate Science Out of Classrooms (Scientific American)


  • Atlanta African-American Attorneys upset by Obama’s choices judicial (DailyReport)
  • By swearing in a dog, Macon-Bibb County makes it official (Telegraph)
  • You’ve got to know when to hold ’em, but also when to fold ’em (CNN)
  • Atlanta schools still looking for someone to mold ’em (AJC)




  1. TheEiger says:

    So one of the last votes last night in the House was to fund the government for a year at current spending levels, delay Obamacare for a year and do away with the government subsidies for members of congress their staff and political appointees. Broun and Gingrey against this. They voted to keep their special treatment with Obamacare while the rest of us get shoved into it. Where is Mike Hassinger to defend this vote by Gingrey. What was it you said Mike? Gingrey is leading the way with a bill to end Congress’ special treatment? So he voted against his own bill? Thats real leadership.

    • Stefan says:

      Did you know Mike Hassinger was given Phil’s final mustache as a token of gratitude for his public service? I’ve seen it. He keeps it at his house in a nitrogen filled vault under armed guard. Not for its protection, but for yours. It is self-aware.

      Nobody in the House covered themselves in glory last night, and it isn’t fair to single out Gingrey for criticism for this. Once that bill got tied up with everything else, and especially once it became a cudgel instead of a compromise, there is no shame in voting against it.

      • TheEiger says:

        So a guy that is running for Senate in our state sponsors a bill to stop the special treatment that as a Congressman he receives then votes against it and that isn’t news? Also, I didn’t single out Gingrey. Broun was mentioned in my previous statement.

        • Stefan says:

          Oh sorry, I just assumed that was just for comparison. As in, “look how bad this behavior is, it is the same as Paul Broun’s.”

          The GOP no votes were interesting. Whenever you get both Kings (NY and IA) it deserves attention. Though voting with Bachmann and Gohmert is almost always a bad idea when they are by themselves.

        • griftdrift says:

          It’s not that complicated. Broun, Bachman, Gohmert, King (IA) voted against it because it doesn’t completely overturn ACA. Laying the groundwork set up by groups like the Club For Growth to allow them to say they didn’t vote for the CR because it doesn’t go far enough. Save face when eventually the thing passes.

          • Stefan says:

            It’s the both Kings part that is interesting. And anything Gohmert, Bachmann, and Broun are involved in won’t be complicated.

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