Morning Reads for Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013


Above, when cross-party relationships were still possible. Below, now – morning reads after the jump:

  • Does Satan worship lower what a Las Vegas mansion’s owner gets paid? (Los Angeles Times)
  • It’s time we stopped drinking the thinktank kool-aid (The Guardian)
  • So the 5S is (allegedly) killing the 5C. Why is this bad news? (Stratechery)
  • How to Be an Educated Consumer of Infographics: the Art-Science of Visual Clues (Brain Pickings)
  • The Year Prior to Carlos Danger’s death(GQ)
  • The Soaring Cost of a Simple Breath (NYT)
  • Ezra Klein: Thus Far, Obamacare Failure’d (The Corner
  • But see how It Solves the Suffering of the Insured (Vanity Fair)
  • What We’ve Learned from the Crisis Financial (Harvard Business Review)
  • 5 ways to maximize your cognitive potential (Scientific American)
  • Not just 4th amendment expert, Jay Z also Has the Room (Vanity Fair)
  • The secrets of acquiring that which you consume (Capital Ideas)
  • Machines Gauging Your Star Potential Automate HR Hiring (Bloomberg)
  • What You Need to Know about Groceries that may hasten your expiring (Discover)


  • Looks like the NAMBLA intern made a mistake (AJC)
  • Kat Kinsman discussed the Southern contest of pie versus cake (NYTIMES)
  • Soon all offices could be held by executives of the InterContinentalExchange (AJC)
  • Which is obviously just the tri-lateral commission rearranged,
  • Dalton elections: You say Pourquoi, I say pourquoi pas? (DaltonCitizen)
  • Incumbents fared poorly in Fayette’s poll of straw (Fayette)
  • Gay candidate drops out, in order to damage chances of the other gays (GaVoice)
  • GDOT Commissioners have the “right” words, but action betrays (Telegraph)
  • Clark Howard suggests now is the time to benefit from the sun’s rays (WSB)
  • Along the coast rail trail must be rebuilt before it decays (SMN)
  • And a Capitol statute gets sent on its way (AJC)







  1. reggiejg says:

    Ironic, given his presidency was probably the single biggest catalyst of divisive politics in the past 70 years!

      • David C says:

        I’d agree on Nixon, but if you take where the Conservative movement and Republican Party’s gone since 1988 as part of Reagan’s legacy you could make the argument.

  2. John Vestal says:

    Remember a few months back when I mentioned that the gubernatorial race in Virginia would be a real “let’s make popcorn and watch” sideshow that would make us Georgians who are quick to lament our own all-too-frequent “lesser evil” ballot choices sit back and think, “Hey, look at the bright side… least we’re not Virginia”?…..

    Two weeks to go and now even the historically-conservative-endorsing Richmond Times-Dispatch is wishing they weren’t Virginia. Their pick?…..“None of the Above”.

    “In the past, The Times-Dispatch has endorsed candidates with varying degrees of enthusiasm. We find it impossible to endorse any of the 2013 candidates with even minimal zeal.

    “Elections make voters complicit in the government they receive. If we would not urge a family member to vote this way or that, then we have no business recommending Cuccinelli, McAuliffe or Sarvis to our readers.”

  3. northside101 says:

    John, not the first time Virginia has had a desultory choice for high office. Almost 20 years ago (1994), the choices for US Senate were Oliver North of Iran-Contra fame (or infamy), Chuck Robb (who had, um, been “less than faithful” to his wife and hanging out at some Virginia Beach parties with some, uh, questionable activities going on), and independent (former Republican) Marshall Coleman. North was unable to win in a year that was basically a nationwide Republican tidalwave.

    This year, the choices are Virginia’s version of Rick Santorum (Cuccenelli), who some may view as to the right of Attila the Hun on social issues (take your pick—abortion, divorce, global warming, sodomy, etc); a sleazy fundraiser from the Clinton days who has no experience in state government (McAulaffe), and a Libertarian who also lacks the experience for the position. “Pick your poison?” Interestingly, Virginia often picks its gubernatorial nominees (whether Democrat or Republican) at party conventions, and certainly on the GOP side, a convention is well to the right of the state’s electorate, and at least somewhat to the right of what would you find in the GOP primary electorate. It would not be surprising if Mr C. loses—after all, Obama won the state twice (other than LBJ, the only Democratic presidential candidate to win there since 1952)—and if indeed that turns out to be the case, that will probably only reinforce opposition among many Georgia Republicans to allowing party conventions instead of primaries to choose nominees for office (ie, a primary electorate is much broader than a party convention, and thus less likely to choose a fringe candidate who would have problems in November). Not hard to see Paul Broun as Georgia’s GOP Senate nominee next year if that decision were made at a convention, not in the May 20 primary (or more likely, the runoff next July).

  4. UpHere says:

    Has anyone read the smack down of Mike Bodker in the interim report? One common thread: Mark Burkhalter.

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