Morning Reads for Tuesday, September 9, 2014


On this day in US History, the Compromise of 1850 transfers a third of Texas‘s claimed territory (now parts of ColoradoKansasNew MexicoOklahoma, and Wyoming) to federal control in return for the U.S. federal government assuming $10 million of Texas‘s pre-annexation debt. Hmm, sort of reminds one of Milton County. In 1863, the Union Army enters Chattanooga, Tennessee. They immediately become totally insufferable about living on the Brow. And (pictured above) Sandy Koufax pitched a perfect game against the Chicago Cubs. Morning reads after the jump…


  • Buying Insurance After a Disaster Strikes (A Wealth of Common Sense)
  • How climate change is affecting the world’s biggest food company (WonkBlog)
  • The Economics of Pricelessness (Ribbon Farm)
  • The War Nerd: The long, twisted history of beheadings as propaganda (
  • The Boy with Half a Brain (Indianapolis Monthly)
  • Confessions of a Fat Bastard: America’s first and only full-time barbecue editor (Texas Monthly)
  • How copyright law forces an ethical result on the redditor (WaPo)
  • Jerry Jones can’t buy what he really wants (ESPN)
  • What Jeff Koons has wrought: A Retrospective at the Whitney Museum (New Criterion)
  • All Roads Lead to Willie Nelson: Rolling Stone’s Definitive Profile of the Country Icon (Rolling Stone)
  • Maybe this explains the lack of atheists in foxholes (airforcetimes)


  • Memorial Drive back in the day (ajc)
  • American cities ranked by political philosophy (wapo)
  • Criminal Justice and the gubernatorial race (ajc)
  • The discretionary versus ministerial analysis is often misapplied and should be legislatively replaced (dailyreport)
  • A man in a hat tells your parking needs to be more costly for us to advance as a city (saportareport)
  • Mark Richt has the precious (dawgsports)




  1. Will Durant says:

    Koufax vs Dennie Lemaster, 1966, in the new Atlanta/Fulton County stadium, tied 1-1 going into a 2 hour plus rain delay. Both pitchers come back out and finish the game after the delay of course. I don’t remember how late but sometime well after midnight Eddie Mathews homers in the bottom of the ninth off of Koufax. We had moved under the overhang in the rain and I could hear Larry Munson yelling over the sound coming from my transistor radio, BRAVES WIN!

    It’s a wonder those guys’ arms lasted as long as they did back then.

    • Baker says:

      “It’s a wonder those guys’ arms lasted as long as they did back then.”

      Or is that why their arms lasted as long as they did? Granted, we don’t remember the guy that came up for two years in 1960 and then his arm blew out, but according to Leo Mazzone, arms are much more tender these days because they are babied so much (that’s a paraphrase but that’s pretty much the gist of it). The most innings pitched by an active player is Mark Buerhle with 3,000ish…a mere 2,000 short of Nolan Ryan/ Greg Maddux.

  2. saltycracker says:

    Interesting situation with the article on making parking more difficult to reduce cars in light of taxi drivers suing uber and the braves moving to the burbs. Don’t have the answers for Atlanta as it covers a whole lot of real estate. Can say that when the purpose to go downtown is optional a high cost of parking or using an inconvenient transportation will insure more folks select another option. That gives more space for the all in one work, play, live lifestyle. But will restaurant, entertainment and other general public businesses see a payback ?

    To allow more infill Atlanta could consider parking consolidation into mass parking decks adjacent to 75/85 and big venues including connections to alternative transportation.

      • saltycracker says:

        ok – No problem with leaving downtown to those that live, work & play there.
        Many are figuring the best way to lighten up is to get the big problem out of there: jobs 🙂

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