January 28, 2016 6:00 AM HomeMorning ReadsMorning Reads – Thursday, January 28, 2016 Morning Reads – Thursday, January 28, 2016 By Jessica Szilagyi Morning Reads 64 Comments On this date in 1965, General Motors reported the biggest profit of any U.S. company in history. My, how things have changed. Peaches Deal: State Charter Schools Commission receives perfect score on national assessment Political cover for tax hiking republicans. Taking our chicken products to Cuba? Go to jail. Go directly to jail. Horse racing clears first gate. How do you decide what’s the most critical? Jimmy Carter O’Reilly wants Donald to bring his milkshakes to the yard. More Oregon. Clinton is short on cash? Kids can’t sign their own names. Sweet Tea There isn’t anything worth that much. White man to play Michael Jackson. Everyone is mad as hell. More blue pills to fix things. Liberty Drum You mean we don’t have any privacy? Share this:TwitterFacebookTumblrRedditEmailPrint Related About Author jszilagyi5 64 Comments Andrew C. Pope Vanilla ISIS fighters are surrendering? Color me shocked. January 28, 2016 6:49 AM Log in to Reply xdog They might as well. They have their martyr. January 28, 2016 8:18 AM Log in to Reply Andrew C. Pope The guy who was using foster kids as a source of income and free farm labor? January 28, 2016 8:26 AM Log in to Reply Lea Thrace Wal-Martyr… (Dont worry. I’m ashamed of myself enough for find humor in this tragedy.) January 28, 2016 10:52 AM Log in to Reply Davo65 Wouldn’t it be great if they packed up their circus and took it to Flint? There’s some honest-to-God government outrage going on there. Maybe occupy the governors mansion? January 28, 2016 8:44 AM Log in to Reply bethebalance in the oregon piece, there’s a reference to the group’s temp leader- Jason Patrick of Bonaire. Dunno if this fella’s involvement has been discussed yet here, but it seems interesting. Most interesting to me is what was in this piece abt his past connection with Larry O’Neal. http://www.macon.com/news/local/community/houston-peach/article56996848.h That article says O’Neal gave him a personalized visit of Capitol proceedings, and he was called hero by some during snowpocalype. but not knowing his state of mental health, the question remains: could anything more have been done to peacefully dismiss the dangers of this man’s anti-government agenda? why did armed rebellion have such allure? are committee hearings that boring 😕 January 28, 2016 1:28 PM Log in to Reply Saltycracker So many got behind this cause with so much money it went off the rails. http://www.cbsnews.com/news/wounded-warrior-project-accused-of-wasting-donation-money/ January 28, 2016 8:25 AM Log in to Reply Dave Bearse What, the Georgia Supreme Court consider only the most critical cases, and undermine Gov Deal’s court-packing plans? January 28, 2016 8:35 AM Log in to Reply Dave Bearse I was hoping the story of the actions of Georgia’s US Senators last week to the Dax Lopez nomination, and the lead up to, wouldn’t go unnoticed and without analysis here at GP, but it seems it will. January 28, 2016 8:38 AM Log in to Reply Andrew C. Pope I mentioned it a few days ago in the comments to the Morning Reads. You would think that, as this site’s unofficial chief legal correspondent, the powers that be would go “hey, ACP’s a great looking guy who has got his finger on the pulse of this state! Let’s write about this in further detail!” But noooooooo, here I sit languishing in the comments without the six figure blogging salary I deserve. January 28, 2016 10:31 AM Log in to Reply Saltycracker Deep thoughts: Now that Coke and Pepsi are under fire for bottling municipal water, we have to wonder, any plants in Flint ? Will a C&W musical “King” with Toby Keith as MLK, Jr go over well? January 28, 2016 8:55 AM Log in to Reply chefdavid Political cover for tax hiking repubs….bad link January 28, 2016 9:55 AM Log in to Reply gcp Campus carry ( HB 859) is up for a vote again this year. It will likely pass the house but will Hank Huckaby (total compensation over $500,ooo per year) Cagle or Deal stop it in the senate? January 28, 2016 9:56 AM Log in to Reply Noway2016 Yall need to see the latest in tbe Trump twittet war with Megan. He calls her a Bimbo and posts a pic of her in some kind of black lengerie and high heels! Now, I don’t find her attractive at all so all I see is her is some contorted pose that makes it look like she’s in need of a chiropractor! Hysterical! January 28, 2016 10:00 AM Log in to Reply The Eiger “I don’t find her attractive at all” I will politely disagree. January 28, 2016 10:10 AM Log in to Reply Calypso “I don’t find her attractive at all” And I will vehemently disagree. January 28, 2016 11:10 AM Log in to Reply gcp Trumpet is correct on this one. She is a “bimbo”. January 28, 2016 10:16 AM Log in to Reply The Eiger Mitt Romney lost women voters by a margin of 12 points in 2012. Now we have a guy who very likely could be our nominee calling a well respected news reporter a bimbo. That gap only increases when he says stupid stuff like that. It’s sad to watch my party and any chance of stopping Hillary slowly crumble away every day. January 28, 2016 10:24 AM Log in to Reply Noway2016 Don’t fret, Eiger! She’ll be indicted and circling the political drain in two months. January 28, 2016 10:33 AM Log in to Reply The Eiger So by calling Meghan Kelly a bimbo because she took these pictures for GQ then Trump should call his own wife a bimbo because she posed nude for the very same magazine. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3328105/People-judge-Melania-Trump-hits-Barbara-Walters-suggestion-risky-photoshoots-liability-husband-s-campaign.html Are you so blinded that you fail to see the double standard? January 28, 2016 10:37 AM Andrew C. Pope What makes her a bimbo? Posing in a magazine? January 28, 2016 10:33 AM Log in to Reply Noway2016 Dunno. Ask Trump! January 28, 2016 10:34 AM Log in to Reply gcp Her irrelevant/dumb debate question plus her photo layout equal “bimbo.” If a serious journalist/interviewer such as Martha Raddatz did the same thing I would call her the same name. Also I would not confine the term to females. January 28, 2016 10:52 AM Log in to Reply Lea Thrace Is Trump’s wife a bimbo then? January 28, 2016 10:54 AM The Eiger Following Donald J Trump, gcp and Noway’s logic, yes she is. January 28, 2016 10:56 AM Lea Thrace That kind of logic is on the list of things that make you go hmmm… What I dont get is what sick satisfaction people get from judging others based on appearance and expression of sexuality. Particularly when it comes to women. If either Ms. Kelly or Ms. Trump wants to pose nude or in lingerie, does that somehow diminish their intelligence or take away their humanity? What is it within people who use terms like bimbo and slut as slurs against women that makes them feel superior? Is your life that sad and empty that you must find away to tear down others in that manner? I think the answer is yes…. January 28, 2016 11:01 AM Charlie I’ve asked you to quit judging me that way Lea. January 28, 2016 12:29 PM Noway2016 Reading comprehension ain’t your strong suit, Eiger. I didn’t call her a bimbo, Trump did. I just said I don’t think she’s attractive. January 28, 2016 2:56 PM gcp You missed the first part of my equation. Read it again. As far as I know his wife has not been a debate moderator. January 28, 2016 11:05 AM The Eiger You and Donald Trump are why Republicans are going to gift wrap this election for Hillary Clinton. Congratulations. Don’t ever say you haven’t accomplished something in your life. January 28, 2016 11:11 AM Calypso The Eiger, I agree with your comment 100% January 28, 2016 11:17 AM gcp Any voter (male or female) that cast a general or primary ballot based on this issue deserve exactly what they get. January 28, 2016 11:55 AM The Eiger You are right and what they will get is President Hillary Clinton. January 28, 2016 1:13 PM xdog Let’s see if I can follow. First Trump was merely running a vanity campaign, then he was just a joke, then this or that outrageous remark of his would send him back to real estate, then the serious candidates would chop him down on policy, and now he’ll be the ruination of the gop nationally. While I’m not ready to declare him the sure-fire nominee, I will say that counting him out against Clinton or anyone else ignores what he’s accomplished so far. He hasn’t missed yet. January 28, 2016 11:55 AM Andrew C. Pope I’m ready to count him out against Clinton. Trump’s success in the primaries can be attributed to the fact that he has a significant name recognition advantage over his competition. While people who follow politics are able to ID Marco Rubio, the average voter isn’t. They can, however, easily recognize Donald Trump. The added name recognition gives him a larger platform from which to toss red meat to the base. If Jim Gilmore said that we should build a wall and have Mexico pay for it, no one would cover it. Because no one knows who Jim Gilmore is. If Rick Santorum said that we should ban all Muslims from the US, no one would cover it. Because no one cares about Rick Santorum. People care about Trump because he’s a celebrity and has been one since the 80s. When he says something crazy, people go “did you hear the crazy thing Trump said?” Then the news media runs stories on the crazy thing he said and starts talking about how it will be the end of the campaign. Then polls come out saying that his support hasn’t changed. So the news media runs stories about the polls. When that dies down, he says another stupid thing and starts the cycle anew. Before you know it, you’re passed out, half-naked in an Iowa snow drift and Trump is accepting the Republican nomination. In a general, there is no name ID advantage. Unlike Cruz, Rubio, Christie… Hilary Clinton may be one of the most recognizable people in the entire country and has been since 1992. She also has a greater ability to appeal to moderates and independents seeing as she hasn’t been on camera spouting racist diatribes about Latinos or Muslims. Trump has burned his bridge back to the center. He knows it. The GOP knows it. The only problem for the GOP is whether or not he’s pulled the rest of the field too far right to be successful in the general. January 28, 2016 12:17 PM Andrew C. Pope So being a bimbo requires serving as a debate moderator. I strongly suggest you consult a dictionary. January 28, 2016 12:19 PM gcp Never said it was a requirement January 28, 2016 12:39 PM Andrew C. Pope You said that her debate question to Trump, when combined with her GQ photoshoot “equal ‘bimbo.'” When someone pointed out that Trump’s latest wife has done a fair share of photoshoots in various states of undress, you said she wan’t a bimbo because “as far as I know his wife has not been a debate moderator.” So, your calculus for one’s bimbo-dom clearly requires a history of debate moderation. The alternative is that somebody decided to press Donald Trump on the fact that he has run a campaign completely devoid of substance. That made Trump mad which, in turn, seems to have made you mad. Instead of developing a substantive response to the question, he decided to stoop to childish insults. You, apparently too eager to please the Donald, chose to call her a bimbo as well. January 28, 2016 1:12 PM gcp You equate actions, characteristics and statements with requirements which is an argument I never made. That I must be of certain age to get a drivers license is a requirement. There are no “bimbo” requirements but there are subjective observations that result in a conclusion. The implication I support Trumpet as a candidate is incorrect. I have also made the argument that he has run a largely issueless campaign. Maybe if Kelly would ask him policy/issue questions voters and viewers would all learn he is “devoid of substance.” January 28, 2016 2:18 PM Benevolus I mean really… Trump is the cause of the dumb questions because of all the ridiculous things he says. Then when he is asked about those things he gets all bratty. If he wants to be treated with respect he needs to earn it. January 28, 2016 11:18 AM Andrew C. Pope To be fair, they’re all guilty of being bratty. Remember the reaction to the CNBC debate? How dare you point out that Ben Carson’s tax plan doesn’t make sense mathmatecally! How dare you point out Carly Fiorina lied about the Planned Parenthood videos! How dare you point out that Ted Cruz has a tax plan inspired by European economies! January 28, 2016 6:56 PM xdog The whole charter school business is a jumble to me. I understand the political aspect of it but so much seems to be about turf and credit and so little about getting decent results in the classroom. I read the press release from Deal’s office and clicked through to the NACSA site. Guess what? The authorization practices of Georgia DoE got a perfect score too, a fact not mentioned in Deal’s statement, an omission I consider strange given that Deal picks the DoE members and his name is all over their site. Of course the answer is that the state commission is Deal’s personal baby and by God he has proof that it’s perfectly aligned with the methods of at least one group of authorizers. January 28, 2016 10:01 AM Log in to Reply Charlie This is school choice week, and if I hadn’t been otherwise occupied I guess we should probably have a front page post or three on that. Maybe tomorrow if I get a few minutes. That said, there’s one key component about charter schools that are different from traditional schools: If they fail, they close. I recently joined the board of one of Georgia’s larger Charter Schools. I’ll write more about that/them when I get around to the post. But as a director, I’m keenly aware of one thing first: Our students have to do better then they were doing before they come to us or the school will cease to exist. And that’s how it should be. Our job isn’t to be different. It’s to do better. January 28, 2016 12:33 PM Log in to Reply Teri I don’t know if I should laugh or cry that my children’s tuition is due the same week as school choice week (which is one week prior to Catholic Schools Week). January 28, 2016 3:11 PM Log in to Reply xdog Good on you Charlie for agreeing to help with the heavy lifting. January 28, 2016 6:32 PM Log in to Reply Saltycracker President speaks on Holocaust Rememberance Day Iranian supreme leader questions it ever happened http://m.jpost.com/Israel-News/Politics-And-Diplomacy/WATCH-LIVE-Obama-speaks-at-Israel-embassy-on-Holocaust-Remembrance-Day-443002#article=7783Mzg1MzA3MjlENTM5RjNEMDUxMjk2RkNCQjJCNDhEQTg= http://m.jpost.com/Middle-East/Iran/VIDEO-Its-not-clear-if-the-Holocaust-is-a-reality-or-not-Irans-supreme-leader-says-443006#article=6024NTQyNTE3MEE3RkJBNjYwRDg3RjMxNUZGQ0FEQTgxMzg= January 28, 2016 10:09 AM Log in to Reply Noway2016 Trump is having a ball. His CNN covered veterans event will outdo the debate ratings for their shared time period! And on Tuesday….he beats the second placed finisher like a rented mule! January 28, 2016 10:24 AM Log in to Reply Calypso And the Republican’s chances at winning the White House get flushed down the drain… January 28, 2016 11:15 AM Log in to Reply Benevolus I am really curious to know what other world leaders are thinking about all this. Putin- Licking his chops? Merkel- Horrified? Cameron- In denial? Hollande- Pre-emptively insulted? Xi- Preparing for tariffs? Abe- Preparing for retirement? January 28, 2016 1:46 PM Log in to Reply Noway2016 Sez you…Blue collar Dems will put him in the WH! January 28, 2016 8:41 PM Log in to Reply Benevolus Sorry… not only did the debate get better ratings than Trump’s attempt at a morality cleanse, the debate got better ratings than the last debate that had him in it. January 29, 2016 12:48 PM Log in to Reply Will Durant Time to dust off Mencken again. While I don’t subscribe to many of his views, and please note that when he is referring to men voting that this was just prior to the ratification of the 19th amendment, he did have a way of reducing politics to the lowest common denominator: No one in this world, so far as I know—and I have researched the records for years, and employed agents to help me—has ever lost money by underestimating the intelligence of the great masses of the plain people. Nor has anyone ever lost public office thereby. ‘Notes On Journalism’ in the Chicago Tribune (19 September 1926) When a candidate for public office faces the voters he does not face men of sense; he faces a mob of men whose chief distinguishing mark is the fact that they are quite incapable of weighing ideas, or even of comprehending any save the most elemental — men whose whole thinking is done in terms of emotion, and whose dominant emotion is dread of what they cannot understand. So confronted, the candidate must either bark with the pack or be lost… All the odds are on the man who is, intrinsically, the most devious and mediocre — the man who can most adeptly disperse the notion that his mind is a virtual vacuum. The Presidency tends, year by year, to go to such men. As democracy is perfected, the office represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. We move toward a lofty ideal. On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart’s desire at last, and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron. Baltimore Sun (26 July 1920) January 28, 2016 2:25 PM Log in to Reply Calypso Ol’ H.L. was quite the sage, wasn’t he? January 28, 2016 3:49 PM Log in to Reply Davo65 Yup. Lots of focus on Trump and his antics but hardly any on the imbeciles who stand with him, which is to say, almost a majority of republican voters. I’m not sure how much longer the charade can sustain itself….the message is muddled and demographics are against them. January 28, 2016 5:29 PM Log in to Reply Dave Bearse The GOP by no means has cornered the market on voters dumb as a bag of hair. January 28, 2016 11:45 PM Log in to Reply Calypso “…dumb as a bag of hair.” That’s a Trump joke, right? January 29, 2016 1:46 PM Log in to Reply Saltycracker The corrupt level of government will manifest itself if/when the FBI clears H Clinton. Imagine the Vegas line on that is 8-1. January 28, 2016 6:17 PM Log in to Reply Benevolus I’m not sure how that’s going to play out, but I’ll play devil’s (or Hillary’s) advocate just because. Everybody in government has a personal email account. Those with security clearance have access to a secure system with is apparently a PITA. If someone sends you an email that is not marked “classified”, it’s not really your fault. You can’t stop it. If someone sends you something that is not marked “classified” and you don’t recognize it as classified, you may even respond to it outside of the secure system. This would be the same whether it was a private email server or Google or Yahoo. The point is, the private server isn’t really the issue. If they were communicating insecurely when they shouldn’t have been, that is a problem. But that would have been the case either with or without the private server. January 28, 2016 7:36 PM Log in to Reply Andrew C. Pope To pile on with Benevolus… I am not quite sure how State’s email servers work, but from my familiarity with the email systems at DOJ and DoD, the system will block any emails containing classified information from being sent to unsecured email addresses. Now, of course, information that has been sent can later be deemed classified, but Hillary’s stance has been that she never sent/received emails that were marked CLASSIFIED at the time of transmission. January 28, 2016 8:21 PM Log in to Reply Noway2016 Do you and B think she’ll look frumpy in prison orange? Do you think she’ll negotiate a plea deal that will require an ankle monitor? Good luck gettin’ that thing on! January 28, 2016 8:47 PM Log in to Reply Dave Bearse The Benghazi template is spending $30M over four years on seven more investigations. She’ll campaigning for a second term by then. The e-mails will be a relevant to that campaign as Benghazi is to this one. January 28, 2016 11:52 PM Log in to Reply Noway2016 Your pessimism will not come to pass, Salty. She’ll be indicted by those same odds. January 28, 2016 8:49 PM Log in to Reply Saltycracker There has been years of dirty deeds to nail both Clintons on. If the whack job leaders of terrorist nations can roll out thousands of backers while practicing genocide and folks believe that by destroying ancient churches, exterminating 6 million Jews and tearing down confederate monuments and say it never existed or it is for purity, it is for sure probable Hillary can find some minions here and in high places. Beyond the pale. January 28, 2016 10:59 PM Log in to Reply xdog Roy Edroso’s take on tonight’s debates is worth a read. Funny stuff. http://alicublog.blogspot.com/2016/01/what-to-expect-tonight.html January 28, 2016 6:35 PM Log in to Reply Add a Comment Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.