Morning Reads for Tuesday, February 25th, 2014

February 25, 2014 7:29 am

by Stefan · 15 comments


Harold Ramis died yesterday making the world both less amusing and 25% less safe from Zool and Gozer.

Morning Reads after the jump.


  • Does Akerlof and Shiller’s Animal Spirits provide a helpful new approach for macroeconomics? (Ideas)
  • Where a Higher Minimum Wage Hasn’t Killed Jobs (Bloomberg)
  • It takes how much water to grow an almond?! (MoJo)
  • Beautiful Maps, and the Lies They Tell (Untapped Cities)
  • Everything We Leave Behind (Zchamu)
  • Should the government pay you to be alive? (Boston Globe)
  • Where Soccer Gets Made (Roads and Kingdoms)


  • When does an opinion reach the level of religious conviction? On Obamacare, the Pickrick, and serving gays in restaurants (AJC)
  • Fugitive banker apologizes, seeks to be available for odd jobs and motivation speaking gigs in 5 to 10 (AJC)
  • This year’s anti-immigrant bill targets giving drivers licenses to people who drive. I assume this is in response to the long lines at the DMV, so thanks, except it’ll produce uninsured motorists driving around sick children, so maybe no thanks.  (AJC)
  • Robb Pitts has a van and a plan: Chairman of the Fulton County Commission (CLATL)
  • Ice storm has chilled Deal’s reelection chances, polling even with Carter (AJC)
  • Sam Moore calls his liberty bill, and possibly his entire political idealogy, a “silly mistake” (AJC)
  • Bill seeks to have city government employees not responsible for their negligence, just like their county brethren (AugustaChronicle)

*Easier fix, ending county immunity, how hard is buying insurance, counties? I read somewhere it takes 15 minutes.


Dave Bearse February 25, 2014 at 8:15 am

Sam Teasley and Josh McKoon are sponsoring legislation allowing businesses to refuse to provide goods or services based on religious beliefs.

Teasley said the Bible is clear that we treat every one with dignity and respect. McKoon cited federal legislation that asserts government has to show a compelling interest on why its policy should override an individual’s freedom saying “It’s never been used to justify an act of racial discrimination.”

Remember when Teasley and McKoon sponsored legislation prohibiting discrimination against gays in employment and public accommodations?

Neither do I.

Doctor Strangelove February 25, 2014 at 8:34 am

Because when I say something is true, it must be so. Can anyone find me this federal legislation that they speak of?

Dave Bearse February 25, 2014 at 8:44 pm

courtesy of goggling Mrs. Kornstein’s RFRA acronym.

xdog February 25, 2014 at 9:12 am

Teasley and McKoon should give Jan Brewer a call to learn how Arizonans are reacting to efforts to put those gays in their place:

Mrs. Adam Kornstein February 25, 2014 at 1:57 pm

I attended the subcommittee meeting yesterday on HB1023. First I’d like to say it was worth the three hour wait in a too small committee room, with about a 100 very tense people and three news stations.

The Bill, before the hail mary amendments arrived, was in large measure worse than AZ’s bill and also mostly unnecessary when it came to LBGT discrimination.

The amendments that no one saw prior to the committee meeting now appear to put GA laws back in line with federal RFRA, but barely and still does not address the municipalities LBGT concerns.

The GA Bill, clearly not written in GA but that’s a different matter, would provide a wide swath of potential problems for municipalities ( Municipal Assoc of GA against it) and possibly open up more legal issues if private business folks refuse service to patrons, employees, guests, tenants based on their “religious beliefs”. This even BEFORE someone wants to refuse service to a LBGT or perceived LBGT person.

Currently there is no state or Federal employment non discrimination laws that cover LBGT people. So this particular GA law is unnecessary in that regard. However, there are 50 GA municipalities that do cover LBGT people, so this law places the conflict squarely in the pro “local” control folks laps.

Pandoras Box of other issues related to private employers denial of benefits, treatment, or accommodation based on their own religious beliefs.

How is this a Pro-Business and Pro Economic Development Bill? It’s the reverse and you all know it.

xdog February 25, 2014 at 9:08 am
notsplost February 26, 2014 at 9:29 am


Why is the GOP wasting their time with pointless gestures as opposed to introducing a bill that would mirror what Bruce Scheier suggests?

Both parties are absolutely corrupted and need to go. They’ve lost the trust of the American people, now it is time for the governed to withdraw their consent.

Harry February 25, 2014 at 9:08 am

The unions (mostly government unions nowadays) have $300 million to spend on the 2014 election

Dave Bearse February 25, 2014 at 9:00 pm

That means the collective millions of union members will have about as much to spend as two Sheldon Adelsons.

drjay February 25, 2014 at 9:14 am

Well, let’s say this Twinkie represents the normal amount of psychokinetic energy in the New York area. Based on this morning’s sample, it would be a Twinkie… thirty-five feet long, weighing approximately six hundred pounds.

Jon Lester February 25, 2014 at 9:42 am

“That’s a big Twinkie.”

Harry February 25, 2014 at 3:07 pm
Jon Lester February 25, 2014 at 9:43 am

I’ve just put the word out, asking Atlanta friends to save a few Rob Pitts coasters for me.

Harry February 25, 2014 at 1:51 pm

Obama appoints pro-Muslim agent as senior director at the National Security Council

Dash Riptide February 26, 2014 at 9:53 pm

For the record, there is only one movie that I saw in the theatre that caused me to laugh uncontrollably. Had it been the age of the interwebs, no doubt the joke would have been spoiled for me. I’ll never be able to re-ring that bell, but I’ll never forget that exquisite shortness of breath. Godspeed, Egon.

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