Morning Reads for Tuesday, December 17th, 2013

December 17, 2013 6:00 am

by Stefan · 15 comments

On this date in 1989, Fox aired the first Simpsons episode ever. Most of their decisions since have been questionable at best. In 2010, the self-immolation of a fruit vendor in Tunisia led to the Arab Spring.

Today, I composed the Morning Reads. They follow after the jump:National:

  • Tech Companies Press for Better Retail (NY Times)
  • Consider making the salad with kale (NYT)
  • 11 Spectacular Walks along a cliff (World Geography)
  • The art of becoming a stiff (Lapham’s Quarterly)
  •  The Gatsby Curve: How Inequality Became a Household Word (Businessweek)
  • In attempting to resurrect the cellphone ban, feds should have demurred(LA Times)
  • So you want to grow wine (WSJ)
  • here’s some other advice, don’t use bottles that are Klein
  • What happens when you and your major knee ligament decide you are through (Grantland)
  • Google Glass: What You’re Not Supposed to Do (Esquire)
  • The past year in volcanic eruption (The Atlantic)
  • So, mental note, Vietnam isn’t soft on corruption (WSJ)


  • Rep. Peake hits back hard (41NBC)
  • Deal concerned about inmates after they leave the yard (AtlBizChron)
  • Jay Toyota sold everything, plans to go fish (Ledger-Enquirer)
  • The NAACP will have a huge arsenal if it get its wish (WABE)
  • Winter on the Hooch is time to surf? (Ledger-Enquirer)
  • Savannah police on uneasy ground on their own turf (GPB)


peachpundit (@peachpundit) December 17, 2013 at 6:00 am

New post: Morning Reads for Tuesday, December 17th, 2013 #gapol

xdog December 17, 2013 at 7:17 am

Stefan, I’m sure you meant self-immolation. Self-emulation is the process Fox employees use to better themselves.

D_in_ATL December 17, 2013 at 9:39 am

That’s funny….and probably true :)

Stefan December 17, 2013 at 10:37 am

dammit. phone auto-correct.thanks!

saltycracker December 17, 2013 at 9:57 am

Gatsby curve, ok, so what do you call a president that complains about it and takes multimillion dollar vacations several times a year ?

atl_man December 17, 2013 at 3:28 pm

At some point your side will have to recognize that the only people who begrudge Obama for taking the same vacations that every other modern president has are the people who would never vote for him in a million years.

Look … he’s riding in a … LIMOUSINE!
Look … he and his wife wears … EXPENSIVE TAILORED CLOTHES!
Look … he sends his kids to … ELITE PRIVATE SCHOOLS!
Look … he rides … AIR FORCE ONE!

Ummm … yeah. The folks who for some reason expect Obama to be the only president that anyone can remember to live a blue collar or middle class while in the White House and cannot for the life of them understand why no one else cares about this frequent talking point but them aren’t exactly independent swing ticket-splitting voters there.

And no, playing the “well it is hypocritical because he is a liberal Democrat” thing doesn’t fly either. Like the “Camelot” glamorous Kennedys were Libertarian or something …

saltycracker December 18, 2013 at 8:36 am

And that’s why politicians, liberal and conservative, are the least believable group. It isn’t a no vacation shot but expectations that one would walk the talk of their positions. We’d expect to see some moderation in spending taxpayer money on frequent discretionary outings. Obama is the poster child for BS.

drjay December 17, 2013 at 10:16 am

i can’t wait for tomorrow when ed does the morning reads!!!

Ed December 17, 2013 at 10:35 am

Yeah, that’s the ticket!

Stefan December 17, 2013 at 11:50 am

you, out!

Ed December 17, 2013 at 2:46 pm

Aw, Stefan… don’t get too bent out of shape. Fame ain’t as great as it seems.

Ed December 17, 2013 at 2:47 pm

OK, really, who am I kidding its even better than it seems.

drjay December 17, 2013 at 12:10 pm

hopefully these are still considered open threads, otherwise chastise me accordingly…but i would like to take a moment to thank whoever changed the laws regarding license renewal so that i now have to download documents and have them notarized to “prove i’m a citizen” in order to renew my dental license. it’s very convenient and not time consuming at all, and also i’d like to mention how comfortable i am uploading a copy of a document like my passport to send back to the s.o.s. during my renewal process…and i’m sure it will help keep those dirty dog guatamalans form picking our vidalia onions or whatever…

Jon Lester December 17, 2013 at 12:17 pm

I had to do that for my city business license in Lexington. UPS Store did it for me for $3.

The cost of becoming a notary public is something like triple what it was just a few years ago.

xdog December 17, 2013 at 3:46 pm

Don’t let your driver’s license expire. No notary will save you then; they’ll want source documents–birth certificate, SS card, discharge papers, plus several proofs of residence.

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