Morning Reads 18 November 2013

I hope everyone had a great weekend. I’m sure some very much enjoyed the weekend’s football, and others may have been at the road race on GA 400 to celebrate the end of the tolls.

First things first: Happy Birthday to Stefan.  Y’all wish him a good one.  Bonus points if it rhymes.


Remember that GA 400 Race, here are the photos. Though I didn’t see Casey Cagle in the photos, he did run in the race.
Georgia Power getting greedy?
Savannah looking at vehicle usage to cut costs.
Look out Savannah, Macon may catch up to you with their amount of historic preservation.
The back and forth between Maria Saporta and the City of Atlanta about the Braves

Also, Don’t blame Cobb for the move.


Alabama v. Mississippi State 20-7
Auburn v. Georgia 43-38
Florida v. South Carolina 14-19
Kentucky v. Vanderbilt 6-22
Ole Miss v. Troy 51-21


The Midwest saw a rough storm this weekend. So far 2 dead and 40 wounded.
Pelosi et al. attempt to defend Obamacare.
An elected Socialist in the US? Like, an actual real one?
EPA reduces Ethanol mandate.
Military eyes restructuring pay and benefits.
Trying Musharraf wasn’t going to be easy, but it just got a little more complicated.
Nelson Mandela really isn’t doing well.

Everything Else

Well then.
This kid just had the best day ever.
Every nuclear device detonated from 1945-1998
The Middle East is fast becoming the Detroit for Aviation.


    • Ed says:

      Nope. WSJ doesn’t publicize this but they designed their site this way… if you copy the headline and paste it into Google you can get articles for free. They do that so they can get more info on who you are through Google.

  1. atl_man says:

    There are plenty of socialists in elected office. No, I am not dishing conservative talk radio type invective either. But I remember when Cynthia McKinney would send out official press releases from her office that were cribbed straight off the World Socialist Website, without even bothering to edit it or anything. The term “progressive” has now been adopted in favor of the now politically toxic term “liberal” by many Democrats, but “progressive” is actually further left on the ideological scale … lots of self-identified Marxists also call themselves progressives (Cornel West being one example) and for them it refers to adopting a socialist state incrementally because societies aren’t ready for the full blown version just yet. According to these folks, even European style social democracies are just part of the way there.

    More good stuff: Ron “Red” Dellums, who represented California for a long time, was a self-identified socialist. The same is true of Barbara Lee, who served on his staff and now occupies his Congress seat. Two better examples: the Democrats-Farmers-Laborers (DFL) Party in Minnesota affiliates with the national Democratic Party, but it is actually a separate party created when the state Democratic Party merged with the self-described socialist Farmers-Laborers party. Finally: Bernie Sanders. The guy is a socialist who states that his model system is Scandinavia’s: which is even closer to outright socialism than western European Union hybrids. Did we mention that he is a U.S. Senator?

    But conservatives looking for evidence of media bias: this is it. The media gives major publicity to any Republican or conservative politician who has a hint of affiliation with fascist, white supremacist or other far-right beliefs, organizations or individuals (notice Rand Paul’s being forced to fire a “southern rights advocate” from an unpaid staff position) but ignores how many Democrats are sympathetic to/affiliated with/are outright socialists and communists. And it goes beyond the office-holders. You have the activist groups, academics, think-tanks etc. with literal “card carrying” socialists who heavily influence Democratic policy. Case in point: a lot of feminist and civil rights theory is actually Marxist. Male (or straight Christian white male) privilege? Institutional racism? Both Marxist constructs. Not classical Marxism, because economics is essentially replaced by identity politics. Males and whites are the bourgeoise/aristocracy and nonwhites and females are the proletariat and this is the case regardless of class (i.e. a white female tech CEO worth hundreds of millions with a Harvard degree and an “old money” wealthy east coast is “less privileged” than a white male coal miner or laid-off construction worker stuck in generational poverty in Appalachia, a situation that will be made worse when the alternative energy that the female tech CEO’s company and the cap-and-trade economic policies that candidates elected by her soft-money contributions drives coal prices to the floor) but it is still the Karl Marx thought process.

    And no one ever talks about it. Or should I say that no one ever talks about it effectively. The talk radio/TEA Party types do it so oafishly and clumsily that no one takes them seriously when they do.

  2. saltycracker says:

    Seattle socialist: My close family member living in the city said it was more about the local love of a cause de jour. When the well paid professor/politician Occupys/boycotts Starbucks and the regular folks buy coffee priced for $15 @ hour help, it’ll be a WTF moment. Reality will sink in way before she hits Pikes Market.

  3. Harry says:

    From Zero Hedge:
    On Friday October 5, 2012, the BLS released what was arguably the most important report of Obama’s first term: the final jobs number, and unemployment rate before the November 2012 presidential election. As so many predicted, it “plunged” from 8.1% to 7.8% allowing the president to conduct countless teleprompted speeches praising the success of his economic recovery. It also served as the basis for the infamous Jack Welch tweet: “Unbelievable jobs numbers..these Chicago guys will do anything..can’t debate so change numbers” and prompted the pro-Obama media to quickly brand all those who questioned it as conspiracy theorists.

    The details:

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