Morning Reads for Tuesday, December 2, 2014

On this day in 1969, the Boeing 747 debuted. It is also the birthday of Maria Callas, perhaps the greatest American opera singer. Manifest Destiny and the Monroe Doctrine both saw their first public airing today in the State of the Union addresses of James Polk and James Monroe, respectively. On to the Morning Reads!



  • Chris Rock talks everything (Vulture)
  • The Downside of the Boom: North Dakota’s regulatory system built on trust, second chances and fair warning  (NYT)
  • A Rare Peek Into The Massive Scale of Amazon Web Service (Enterprise Tech)
  • Its got a monopoly on the back-end, should make everyone nervous
  • How a Single Mom Created an Empire of Storage of Food (Mental Floss)
  • Uber Is Changing How LA Night Life is viewed (NYT)
  • How Marine Salvage Master Nick Sloane Refloated Costa Concordia (Vanity Fair)
  • (forgotten the Italian cruise ship that sent everyone overboard, didya?)
  • At CIA Starbucks, even the baristas are covert (Washington Post)
  • And know your order even before you blurt
  • The Secret Life of Passwords, not what they unlock, but what they reveal (NYT Mag)
  • Dave Chappelle Is Back (This Time We’re 100% Sure It’s Maybe Totally for Real) (GQ)
  • An Oral History of the Epic Space Film The Right Stuff (Wired)
  • and if you still haven’t had enough:
  • God is not a magician’: Pope says Christians should believe in evolution and Big Bang (Raw Story)


  • Athens, GA and the River of Booze (Chronicle)
  • This reminds me of the night in Athens when I lost my shoes.
  • Kennesaw city council doesn’t want a Mosque in a strip mall, (MDJ)
  • They say they are pro bill of rights, but maybe not all…
  • Gone with the Wind and my Southern Education (BitterSoutherner)
  • the above might be the highlight of this week’s compilation,
  • Why Tech will beat Florida State(AJC)
  • Michael Brown rallies in Macon, discusses hate (WMAZ)
  • The Kumho tire deal a battle between the Macon city council and the school board (Telegraph)
  • The best chef in Charleston comes to Ponce, color me floored. (AtlantaMag)


  1. androidguybill says:

    “Pope says Christians should believe in evolution and Big Bang”

    And the Protestant response to the pronouncements of the pope is …

  2. Noway says:

    Thanks for the “Right Stuff” link. The last great American accomplishment was Apollo. Country united and everyone practically giddy. Glad I was there to see every last second of it. Pinnacle reached in ’69. It’s been a long, slow decline ever since.

  3. saltycracker says:

    Science and folks in many religions have found a friend in the Pope.

    The Chris Rock interview was interesting and his shot at Bush might apply to too many in both parties today as they have no reservations in serving only those that vote/contribute to them.

  4. John Konop says:

    Should we put mentally ill people to death for committing murder? I think we need to have the ability to commit people with less red tape.

    Conservatives Call On Rick Perry To Halt Execution Of Scott Panetti

    ………Dear Governor Perry:

    We respectfully ask you to commute Scott Panetti’s death sentence to life in prison if the Board of Pardons and Paroles recommends it. Mr. Panetti is one of the most seriously mentally ill prisoners on death row in the United States. Rather than serving as a measured response to murder, the execution of Mr. Panetti would only serve to undermine the public’s faith in a fair and moral justice system………


    Brent Bozell, President, For America
    Ken Cuccinelli, President, Senate Conservatives Fund
    Dave Keene, Opinion Editor, The Washington Times
    Pat Nolan, Director Center for Criminal Justice Reform, the American Conservative Union Foundation
    Richard Viguerie, Chairman,
    Ron Robinson, President, Young America’s Foundation
    Jim Miller, Budget Director for President Ronald Reagan
    Craig Shirley, Reagan Biographer
    C. Preston Noell, III, President, Tradition, Family, Property, Inc.
    Rebecca Hagelin, Columnist, The Washington Times
    Floyd Brown, President, Western Center for Journalism
    Charles Murray, WH Brady Scholar, American Enterprise Institute
    Patrick A. Trueman, Attorney At Law
    Mark L. Earley, Sr., Former Attorney General of Virginia and
    Former President and CEO of Prison Fellowship USA
    Morton Blackwell, Chairman, The Weyrich Lunch
    James L. Martin, Chairman, 60 Plus Association
    Tricia Erickson, President, Angel Pictures and Publicity
    Maggie Gallagher, Author
    Diana L. Banister, President, Shirley & Banister Public Affairs
    Mark Fitzgibbons, President of Corporate Affairs, American Target Advertising
    Gary L. Bauer, President, American Values………

      • John Konop says:

        I have many mixed feelings….had an older brother with same issues….he committed suicide when I was in college….I do think this push to mainstream people with serious mental illness back into society has been a mistake. I think we are way to quick…not fair to society and the person…

          • John Konop says:

            No sure….the problem is the prison system has become the largest provider of mental healthcare. We obviously have a problem in how we are dealing with mental health issues…A big part is most people do not understand it is an illness, like breaking your leg…..toughen up BS is making it worse!

            …….The release today of a study by the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) showing than 64 percent of local jail inmates, 56 percent of state prisoners and 45 percent of federal prisoners have symptoms of serious mental illnesses is an indictment of the nation’s mental healthcare system.

            It is both a scandal and a national tragedy. The figures are worse than those generally believed in the past, in which estimates of the total number of inmates with mental illnesses have been approximately 20 percent.

            The study reveals that the problem is two to three times greater than anyone imagined.

            What is even more disturbing is the number of these inmates that have served prior sentences, committed violent offenses, or engaged in substance abuse.

            What it means is that the mental healthcare system is failing—long before people enter the criminal justice system and after they leave it. Individuals are sentenced to lives without hope and enormous costs shifted on to our police, courts, jails and prisons at all levels.

            Unfortunately, Americans should not be surprised. In a comprehensive survey of state mental healthcare systems released this year, the national average grade was a D. Eight states received grades of F. Only five received Bs.

            States are failing to invest in providing adequate mental healthcare. Skimping at the front end leads to results like those reflected in this report.

            Read the full report from the Department of Justice (pdf, 464kb, opens in a new browser window)………..


          • Noway says:

            The expense comes from keeping them incarcerated for eons while BS appeals play out. The defense attorney industry has made this so to make it more expensive over the years. The simple act of doing the execution is not expensive, the drugs are not nearly as expensive as keeping the murderer around until all appeals are exhausted.

            • Jon Lester says:

              And you would be wrong, because there are so many other costs incurred before administering the drugs or whatever means of execution. It’s cheaper to not bother pursuing a death sentence, and of course that would be more fair, too. How did Troy Davis deserve execution more than Brian Nichols?

              • Noway says:

                “While the actual execution costs taxpayers fairly little (the drugs used in Texas run a mere $83)” From your own linked little article, Jon. The costs are high because of all the death penalty procedural issues/roadblocks/appeals imbedded into the system that I mentioned in my first post. Perhaps out next legislature needs to do a little work on those types of regs?

                And to John Konop’s point as to whether we should execute those with diminished mental capacity, I say we should. No death-penalty convicted premeditated murderer gets a “freebie” because he happens to be mentally impaired. What does that mean to the victim? Their life means not as much because the actions of the killer comes from a mentally ill person? No way in hell.

              • MattMD says:

                I think it is telling how most modern, Western countries do not have a death penalty.

                You are always going to have these throwbacks like Noway who think we should execute more people but I say if the crime is heinous enough just lock them up forever. To me that would be worse than death in the long run.

                • John Konop says:


                  As a doctor do you think we should have stronger laws allowing family, doctors and the legal system montering of serious mental illness ie institutionalize, forced meds……

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