YOUR DAILY WEEKLY READER: Morgan's curse, Detzner's worse, runaway train, Crouch meets maker. DEAR GOD!





JOHN MORGAN IS SO AWESOME IN THIS PROFILE THAT HE CAN SAY  ‘MOTHERFUCKER’ AND STILL COME OFF AS ALL ‘FOR THE PEOPLE’: You'd think after making thousands of "For the People" TV ads for his law firm, John Morgan would be more than comfortable before the camera. But as he looked at his cherubic baby face on the TV monitor recently, Morgan groaned. "Laawd," he said in his deep Kentucky drawl, "high def is a m-----f-----." Insecurity runs deep, even for a bombastic multimillionaire who leads the country's largest personal injury law firm, has hosted President Barack Obama at his 18,000-square-foot mansion and is poised to be the most important man in Florida politics this election cycle other than Charlie Crist and Rick Scott. (via Tampa Bay Times)


IN WHICH SECRETARY OF STATE KEN DETZNER TURNS INTO A WHITE-POWDERED POISON FOR DEMOCRACY, WHILE TREY RADEL GETS FORGIVEN. FUNNY HOW THINGS WORK OUT: But Radel did not directly harm anyone from his district, other than his own family. He has admitted his mistake, apologized and entered rehab. The consequences are all his own, and probably won't have a major impact on the citizens he was chosen to represent. To me, that's where the line should be drawn. Abrupt resignations should be reserved for someone who has knowingly, and repeatedly, acted against the best interests of a significant number of Florida residents. Like, perhaps, the secretary of state. (via Tampa Bay Times)




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NEVER RIDING A TRAIN AGAIN: It is unclear how fast the train was going on Sunday morning, but a Metropolitan Transportation Authority official said the engineer told emergency medical workers that when he realized it was heading into the curve too quickly, he “dumped the brakes,” an emergency maneuver, and though the train slowed somewhat, it then derailed. (via New York Times)


MAYBE A FEW PINK SKELETONS IN THIS CLOSET, TOO, BUT WE’LL NEVER KNOW FOR SURE. ALSO, NEITHER FAST NOR FURIOUS, BUT OFTEN ANGER-MAKING: Some Christian leaders have criticized the Crouches for preaching the “prosperity gospel” — the message that if you have faith in God and donate generously, you will profit in return. In 2010, donations to TBN totaled $93 million. The Crouches had multiple homes, including his-and-hers mansions in Newport Beach, Calif., and used corporate jets valued at $8 million and $49 million each. In 2010, Mr. Crouch’s salary as president of Trinity Broadcasting was $400,000; Mrs. Crouch’s as first vice president was $365,000. (via New York Times)




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