Morning Reads for Tuesday, January 21st, 2014

January 21, 2014 4:39 am

by Stefan · 11 comments

Happy Birthday to to the Delorean, which rolled off the assembly line for the first time on this date in 1981. I don’t know when furries were invented, so we’ll give them this day too. Hug all time travelers and people in plush animal costumes today. How bad could it be? Morning Reads after the jump.

Georgia:

  • Deal wants MLK honored on the capitol grounds, otherwise noncommittal (ajc)
  • State clears funeral home, thinks it’s totally ok to fill dead people with newspaper (ajc)
  • Dekalb hopes that SACS announcement will be first step towards restoring faith in their school system (ajc)
  • Vivian Childs announces campaign to unseat Bishop in Congress, because running in a district in which you do not live is always a good idea. (telegraph)
  • In case of fugitive banker, finger now pointed at former Senate Majority Leader (ajc)
  • Ogeechee River and King America Finishing finally come to terms (SMN)
  • Do they have Sand Gnats in Columbia, SC? They soon might. (SMN)
  • Lawmakers weigh changes to Jekyll (SMN)
  • Georgia private probation companies target of lawsuits (AP)

 

National:

  • Dropbox and Uber: Worth Billions, But Still Inches From Disaster (Wired)
  • Goodnight. Sleep Clean. (NY Timessee also Sleep is more important than you might think (Boston Globe)
  • Shivering Cattle Signal Higher McDonald’s Beef Cost (Bloomberg)
  • I Spent Two Hours Talking With NSA’s Big Wigs. Here’s What’s Got Them Mad (Wired)
  • An Antidote to the Age of Anxiety: Alan Watts on Happiness and How to Live with Presence (Brain Pickings)
  • The reluctant patriot: how George Orwell reconciled himself with England (New Statesman)
  • Banished for Questioning the Gospel of Guns (NY Times)
  • The “Erin Brockovich” of Revenge Porn (XO Jane)
  • The Five Worst U.S. Presidents of All Time (The National Interest)
  • Dr. V’s Magical Putter (Grantland)

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peachpundit (@peachpundit) January 21, 2014 at 4:39 am

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2g Strategies (@2gstrategies) January 21, 2014 at 5:37 am

From @peachpundit Morning Reads for Tuesday, January 21st, 2014 http://t.co/k9sVubz6kp

Jackster January 21, 2014 at 7:59 am

Jekyll –

From the article:
“But it’s also possible some lawmakers could insist on changes that threaten to undermine the compromise.
Egan said he’s particularly concerned that legislators might want to adjust the total acreage that would remain open to development.”

I’ve been following this issue – two of the reps on the committee represent the lake lanier area. Which makes me think they would understand the idea that you wouldn’t want to totally trash the scenery and reason people go.

Then again, I see the potential for a back room deal here, as the committee went down to Jekyll to listen to the JIA’s concerns. Willing to bet there were a few developers there who were pitching their ideas.

Also, since their constituents don’t live in Jekyll, what would it harm really?

Bottom line – Make the acreage conservative (smaller) not liberal (larger). The irony writes itself.

Dave Bearse January 21, 2014 at 8:54 am

Sen. Lindsey “I’m going to block every appointment in the US Senate until they [Benghazi Survivors] are made available to Congress” Graham is certain that Benghazi will be trouble for Democrats in 2014.

“I think Benghazi is gonna loom large in ’14,” said Graham last week. “I think Democrats are gonna have to start making President Obama account for his leadership. Where was he that night? Did he know it was a terrorist attack? Why did he say for two weeks we think it was a protest? How could he have done that?”

The biggest difference between the Benghazi story in 2014 and the Benghazi story in 2012 is that in 2014, it’ll be two years older. About the same goes for Fast and Furious and the IRS.

It’s a display of the GOP’s post-2012 election strategy: take everything said in 2012, and say it again, but say it differently. Signs, slogans, position papers, talking points, the whole kit ‘n kaboodle.

Jackster January 21, 2014 at 9:05 am

I would think the narrative about healthcare, drones, liberties (NSA), legalizing marajuana, and how to deal with illegal immigrants and immigration would be areas that are different than in 2012, but would serve as a solid platform.

Oh, and there’s been a budget compromise.

Doctor Strangelove January 21, 2014 at 10:58 am

Benghazi is a losing argument. So please, by all means, keep making it.

Harry January 21, 2014 at 9:09 am

Who said these things?

“It’s been said, and I think it’s accurate, that my husband was obsessed with terrorism and Al-Qaida in general.”

“F**k off! It’s enough that I have to see you s**t kickers every day. I’m not going to talk to you too! Just do your God d**n job and keep your mouth shut.”

“Stay the f**k back, stay the f**k away from me! Don’t come within ten yards of me or else! Just f**king do as I say, okay!?”

“Why do I have to keep proving to people that I am not a liar?!”

“I would say that there is a very well financed right-wing network of people that was after his Presidency from the very beginning. Really stopped at nothing, even to the point of perverting the Constitution in order to undermine what he was trying to do for the country.”

“We just can’t trust the American people to make these types of choices….Government has to make those choices for people.”

“What difference at this point does it make?”

Noway January 21, 2014 at 11:41 am

Harry, I know Hillary said the last one. Did she say all of them?

Harry January 21, 2014 at 10:21 pm

Yes, in fact she did.

WesleyC January 21, 2014 at 9:29 am

The Grantland article on Dr. V’s Magical Putter is an amazing read, but only if you follow it immediately by reading Bill Simmon’s mea culpa on the whole thing: http://grantland.com/features/the-dr-v-story-a-letter-from-the-editor/

Stefan January 21, 2014 at 1:28 pm

thanks, I read the article before Simmons wrote that and I didn’t reread it before posting it, thanks for the catch and the additional context.

There’s a secondary problem that Grantland is a sports literary magazine masquerading as journalism, but we’ll likely table that for now.