Morning Reads for Tuesday, November 19th, 2013

On this date in the past, the Gettysburg Address was delivered, and from this lithograph, it appears Supermanning was also invented. Today is International Men’s Day, so remember to hug a man today. Your Morning Reads begin after the jump with National stories…

  • Apple maps: how Google lost when everyone thought it had won (Guardian)
  • The Benefits of a 6-Day Water Fast, don’t let hunger strikers have all the fun (GQ)
  • Japan Pitches Americans on Its Maglev Train (NY Times
  • Health care change needed, required pain (Washington Post)
  • Inside Google’s Driverless Car (New Yorker)
  • The Coach Who Never Punts, even on 4th and far (Grantland)
  • Why Did Snapchat Turn Down A Three Billion Dollar Sale? (New Yorker)
  • Rather than checking your messages, listen to this voicemail (FW)
  • The Beatles Succeeded Through Talent, Ambition, and Arrogance (Daily Beast)
  • Guide to Winning The Price Is Right—Without Having Any Price Sense (Slate) 

Local stories to read with your doughnuts:

  • Columbus making itself more friendly to pedestrians, Agenda 21 proponents (WRBL)
  • Pro and con Braves Stadium Campaigns get in the groove (AJC)
  • Atlanta Tea Party against Braves move (AP)
  • The political philosophy of a newly elected school board member (Dalton)
  • This campaign against the stadium argues vote shouldn’t be until at least December (300Million)
  • With new waterpark, Pooler to get way cooler (SMN)
  • The other Georgia has a new ruler (RFA)
  • Cure for diabetes is to hit Sheriff in the face with a pie (SMN)
  • This story is written poorly, but it may be that two deer were driving while high (WMAZ)

And the local equivalent of the Gettysburg Address, both in importance and formal wear, is the Red Clay Democrats Annual Barbeque. That’s where I will be tonight, and I hope to see you there.



  1. Rambler14 says:

    Why in the world is Debbie Dooley speaking out against the new stadium in Cobb?

    Doesn’t she live in Gwinnett County? She’s not even a resident!

    • griftdrift says:

      Don’t you understand, they are the ATLANTA Tea Party ( conveniently located in Dacula ). Like so many things, they are ATLANTA when it is convenient and not so much when it is not.

    • Stefan says:

      She’ll also have to pay for whatever GDOT has to do to improve that interchange for the stepped up traffic requirements. That won’t be until the mid-2020s, but it exists.

        • Baker says:

          “Debbie is more pro-regionalism than anyone.”

          Haha….wow…hilarious, true, sad, optimistic…so many emotions rolled into one statement.

          • John Konop says:


            ……….According to details of the 30-year-deal released by the county last week……

            You know we generally agree on policy, and I respect your opinion. One warning flag I see is the county is going out 30 years on debt, and most parks last about 20 years before threating to move or wanting public financed upgrades….And this puts the county at a disadvantage still owing money 1o years on a bond via negotiating with the team. Am I missing something?

            • Stefan says:

              I’ll add that the funds that they are diverting to the stadium are currently going for parks and recreation. I assume people will still want those in two years so either taxes will need to be raised or something else will need to get cut.

      • Rambler14 says:

        So Debbie’s reason behind opposing the Braves move to Cobb County,
        is that she opposes state motor fuel dollars being spent to relieve congestion in the Cumberland area?

        I wonder what she thought of those motor fuel dollars being spent to reconstruct 85/316?

  2. Harry says:

    From Breitbart:
    Washington DC talk show host Chris Plante reported today that Barack Obama omitted the words “under God” from the Gettysburg Address when reciting the great speech for a Ken Burns documentary. Burns had filmed all living presidents as well as various Hollywood personalities and luminaries to pay homage to the speech which was delivered by Abraham Lincoln 150 years ago, today. Plante broke the story on Washington DC talk radio station WMAL on his mid-morning program, “The Chris Plante Show.”

    As someone commented, imagine how Obama will feel when God removes him from His presence for eternity.

    • Baker says:

      Harry…I am familiar with the Ken Burns doc in question and saw this on my own…I got real worked up over it…only to find shortly thereafter:

      There were four other versions, two of which did not contain “under God”, including the one he read, the Nicolay copy.

      The copy of the text provided by the Burns Learn the Address site is the “Bliss Copy” that does contain “under God.”

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