The Most Wonderful Morning Reads of the Week

Just as we are in the most wonderful time of the year, Wednesday is the most wonderful day of the week. (Ed’s Morning Reads Day).

“Let’s Unite the Whole World at Christmas” by James Brown. 

  1. Obama praises GSU–no other school in Georgia. 
  2. Study: The KKK is the reason the GOP came to power in Dixie. 
  3. Kennesaw’s mosque decision was so bad even the Marietta Daily Journal is slamming it. 
  4. MARTA ridership up eight percent, but the real kicker is revenue is up by a healthy $9.5 million. 
  5. Good profile on the Beltline.
  6. Why Atlanta’s housing market is outpacing the U.S. as a whole. 
  7. Because we’re the #WorldsBestCity
  8. Atlanta Fed Prez still not in a hurry to change interest rates. 
  9. Woodruff Foundation gives $38 million grant to the Woodruff Arts Center. 


  1. Dave Bearse says:

    Fox News commentary on the public release of the first detailed report on CIA torture, a mere three weeks after release of sixth report on Benghazi reaching the same basic conclusions as the preceding five:

    “The United States of America is awesome, we are awesome. We’ve closed the book on [torture], and we’ve stopped doing it. And the reason [the Obama administration] want[s] to have this discussion is not to show how awesome we are. This administration wants to have this discussion to show us how we’re not awesome. They apologized for this country, they don’t like this country, they want us to look bad. And all this does is have our enemies laughing at us, that we are having this debate again.”

    There’s more than torture in the report. There’s perjury, false statements, and obstruction of justice. You know, the usual easily proven objective things the Justice Department’s stock in trade routinely used to leverage and take down defendants with.

    Unless the boss directing the operation is Dick Cheney, and new boss Obama is so rabidly partisan and un-American. Are we going to hear GOP whispers, as has been the case with Obama’s edict on immigration, about impeaching Obama for not prosecuting? Of course not. But we ought to impeach Obama for releasing the report and giving aid and comfort to the enemy!

    Murder, torture, perjury, false statements, obstruction of justice – Awesome.

    Those that regret and apologizing for same are haters and hurters of the USA.

    • John Konop says:

      …….But we ought to impeach Obama for releasing the report and giving aid and comfort to the enemy!…….

      I am confused, did not the senate release the report? Obama was fighting with them over trying to sensor information….John McCain and Feinstein pushed against it….Btw this is far from a black and white issue….I have many mixed feelings on the topic….We should not make this a partisan issue, and really try to have a real debate.

      ………The key senator behind a landmark congressional investigation into the CIA’s use of torture has rejected redactions made by the Obama administration ahead of a planned public release of the politically charged report.

      In the latest struggle between senator Dianne Feinstein, the California Democrat who chairs the intelligence committee, and the CIA, Feinstein said she would delay a heavily anticipated disclosure of portions of the report in an attempt to reverse redactions that “eliminate or obscure key facts that support the report’s findings and conclusions”.

      “Until these redactions are addressed to the committee’s satisfaction, the report will not be made public,” said Feinstein, who added that she intended to outline the committee’s desired disclosures in a private letter to President Barack Obama.

      Another powerful senator and Obama ally, Carl Levin, the Michigan Democrat who chairs the armed services committee and who spearheaded his own investigation into US military torture, called the redactions “totally unacceptable.”……..

  2. xdog says:

    Ed, your putative music post does not link to a grinning JB wearing a Santa cap. It instead points to an 8-year old pp post offering a rehash of online debates. That’s more depressing than you can know. Please stop.

    • Ed says:

      I literally have no idea how that happened. I wpuld stop if the people stopped loving me and my work but that ain’t happening.

      • xdog says:

        It was very weird. The thing is, it happened last week too and I thought it was some joke I wasn’t in on or an example of your personal war on Christmas or maybe a sign my browser needed a fix . Today when I looked at the urls and saw the 2006 part of the tag I knew at least the problem wasn’t on my end. I think your software got confused.

        I appreciate your musical links but I’ll look closely at the next one before clicking through. 2006 debates my eye.

    • androidguybill says:

      If you call institutional need-based financial aid “giving something away for free” then you also have a problem with the Pell Grant program, and the G.I. Bill program that preceded the Pell Grant program. Incidentally, plenty of universities have something like this. Some of them offer emergency grants, others offer short term loans at very low interest rates. Seriously, stuff like this is beneath serious policy discussions. Or maybe I should state that conservatives are welcome to come up with their own proposals to keep financially challenged students in college, far better than having them drop out and face both uncertain employment prospects and student loan defaults that harm their credit rating, job prospects, the university and the student loan program.

      Georgia State University actually does deserve a lot more credit than it gets from all ideological stripes. (So did SPSU, which is regrettably no more.) They are a very diverse research institution that assembled its student body without racial quotas or preferences, and they are among the best at graduating students from low-income backgrounds, who are generally the first in their families to attend college and are the products of low-performing public schools. Most universities with GSU’s student profile have sky-high attrition rates and very low graduation rates (and again very high student loan default rates) but GSU’s metrics in all of those are competitive, not just with colleges in general (meaning the average college) but selective, competitive research universities. Georgia State’s innovations in the admissions process and with tracking at-risk students (both academically and financially) and proactively responding to help keep such students in school should be a model to be replicated not only by other universities, but in the K-12 system as well.

      In other words, no need taking whacks at Georgia State just because A) they are located in Atlanta and B) Obama said something good about them.

      • blakeage80 says:

        Equating benefits that veterans have earned with “folks that are a little behind on their bills” shows your poor logic skills. I’m not against GSU, Atlanta or Obama saying something good about either. I’m not even against the idea of need based grants. It’s truly amazing that you pulled all that from my two very short sentences.

        • John Konop says:

          A very interesting comment, the problem with any entitlement is everybody in their mind thinks they earned it….no one ever asks if we can afford it, if they agree with who gets it….which is why it is so difficult to control…..We all need to get past that argument, or we will never solve the problem. Claiming military deserves it….but police, fire, teachers, handicapped, foster children, poor single parent kids… a circular debate the leads nowhere….the real issue is what makes sense….but hey I am just one fiscal conservative blogging in the wind…..

  3. Harry says:

    As one of my friends said, “Latest budget deal in Congress contains $5.4B to fight Ebola? I know, it’s not real money – it’s only taxpayers money, but every billion dollars is still a lot of money!”
    And then I remembered this

  4. Ellynn says:

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