Morning Reads – Thursday, March 10, 2016

On this date in 1876, Alexander Graham Bell made the first successful call with the telephone. He spoke the words “Mr. Watson, come here, I want to see you.”

Peaches

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John Vestal
John Vestal

The willingness to travel 5,000 miles for a Brazilian?….that’s impressive.

Benevolus
Benevolus

Not wanting to carry a gun is wimpy? I think one could make the case that being so scared of everything that you want to carry a gun with you everywhere is the wimpy behavior.

I guess carrying a weapon makes you feel strong anyway.

Jack Fitz
Jack Fitz

Why stop at college campuses? I don’t see why elementary schools or middle schools should be discriminated against no being able to carry guns. Does the Bill of Rights stop at the 4-square court? I think not. These 4th graders have a right to defend themselves against foreign invaders.

Also why stop at guns? I don’t understand why someone should be denied their right to carry an RPG on the way to a ChemE exam. It just makes no sense…

MattMD_actual
MattMD_actual

See, this is the whole point. You cannot have a permit for a concealed weapon until you are 21. Once you take out the students who live in the dorms or graduate housing and the students who are under 21 we are talking about a very small relative population of people who are eligible under the law to be armed. Let me tell you a little secret when I lived in Home Park and had to walk back up north at night: I had a .380 within reach. The Tech piece was a histrionic editorial written by a doe in… Read more »

Charlie
Charlie

Earl be damned? Earl is winning.

John Vestal
John Vestal

*NOTE* – shameless self-promotion/solicitation follows. Proceed at own risk. YMMV. This year’s St. Baldrick’s head-shaving fundraiser to help close the YUGE funding gap in the research conducted specificallly for childhood cancers is this Sunday, March 13, at The Harp Irish Pub in Roswell. The Harp is located in the Plaza at Roswell Shopping Center, just east of GA400 on Holcomb Bridge Rd. The festivities get under way (officially) at ~1:00PM (DST – don’t forget to spring forward Saturday night!), with MY team…Team Spider Monkey…slated as the first to go under the clippers! 1:00….so you have a whole 30 minutes of… Read more »

Bart
Bart

Cam Newton or Mitt Romney, who is the biggest sore loser? After the Super Bowl, Newton displayed a lack of sportsmanship for the entire world to see. In his defense, it did happen in the moment immediately after the game so he might be forgiven for the reaction depending on future actions. But still it continued the notion that Camster thinks he is above everybody else, the Superman complex he singularly displays after every TD. In the case of Mitt Romney, he had 4 years to lick his wounds and reflect on why his team lost. After such an extended… Read more »

Bart
Bart

Cam Newton or Mitt Romney, who is the biggest sore loser? After the Super Bowl, Newton displayed a lack of sportsmanship for the entire world to see. In his defense, it did happen in the moment immediately after the game so he might be forgiven for the reaction depending on future actions. But still it continued the notion that Camster thinks he is above everybody else, the Superman complex he displays after every TD. In the case of Mitt Romney, he had 4 years to lick his wounds and reflect on why his team lost. After such an extended period… Read more »

Bart
Bart

Sorry, didn’t mean to post twice.

gcp
gcp

Watched part of the Hilly/Burnie Univision Debate last night. Surprisingly, Mr. Ramos and the other moderators asked many good, intelligent questions. Hilly’s response (or non response) was to avoid answering difficult questions while Burnie tried to reconcile past votes with his current policy.

On immigration the candidates agreed the border was secure, deportations should be reduced or eliminated and illegals should get an immediate “path to citizenship” which is mostly the same failed 1986 policy that gave us the current mess.

John Konop
John Konop

Below is an article from the Huffington Post a left leaning publication. Hillary is not doing well in the rust belt, which is why they are scared of Trump. You add a popular Kasich to the ticket it could be lights out for Hillary. Here’s How Donald Trump Could Become President If he succeeds in the Rust Belt, look out …..But Trump has a perfectly plausible path to the presidency as a Republican. If he makes it to the White House, he’ll get there by taking the Upper Midwest back from the Democratic Party. When President Barack Obama was re-elected… Read more »

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

States Democrats probably won’t lose regardless of who is on the ticket Minnesota – Has gone for the Democrat in every election since 1972. Iowa – Outside of 2004, has gone for the Democrat in every election since 1988. Illinois – Has gone for the Democrat in every election since 1992. Michigan – Has gone for the Democrat in every election since 1992. Pennsylvania – Has gone for the Democrat in every election since 1992. Wisconsin – Has gone for the Democrat in every election since 1988. Rust Belt states where Republicans have a chance Indiana – Outside of 2008,… Read more »

John Konop
John Konop

LOL…..I am from the area, trust me like it or not, working class Dems are not buying what Hillary is selling in the rust belt. You forget Obama beat Hillary in the rust belt based on trade…..Not that Obama did anything about it….When Obama ran for re-election, Romney and Obama agreed on trade. ……..meanwhile, Obama railed on Clinton for supporting NAFTA when her husband was president. Video Watch the latest on the back-and-forth » “Sen. Clinton has been going to great lengths on the campaign trail to distance herself from NAFTA,” Obama said Sunday in Lorain, Ohio. “In her own… Read more »

Benevolus
Benevolus

Um, Obama’s not running.

And if HRC gets the nomination she won’t be running against Bernie either. She would (presumably) be running against a ‘Republican’.

John Konop
John Konop

If Trump is the candidate, he will put her NAFTA and WTO China support in her face. The same weapon that Bernie and Obama used against Hillary and won. Trump is killing it with working class voters in the rust belt ie Reagan Dems.

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

But the remainder of the Trump/GOP platform will likely turn off these same voters. They aren’t single-issue voters, John. Republicans haven’t won Wisconsin, Illinois, Michigan, or Pennsylvania since HW Bush in ’92. They’re 2 for 6 in Ohio since ’92. They’ve won Iowa once since Reagan left office. They haven’t won Minnesota since Nixon in ’72. Trump ain’t Reagan, man. He’s “killing it” among white people that vote in Republican primaries… those folks are, by definition, not Reagan Democrats . You’re really reallllllly realllllllllly stretching if you think that voting trends within a Democratic primary portend voting trends in the… Read more »

John Konop
John Konop

The number one issue is jobs, and to them trade policy equals jobs.

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Free trade trade agreements like NAFTA (and TPP) are a great wedge issue in primaries when you’re trying to carve out a position on the left. Obama and Sanders “beat” Hillary on trade because it’s a freaking Democratic primary. That does not mean that a Republican candidate with hands the size of a six year old can beat Hillary on trade. For one, free trade agreements are not a viable general election issue because, time and time again, blue collar union workers have proven to be more than a single issue constituency. These states voted for Clinton in 1996 after… Read more »

John Konop
John Konop

Obama had no opponent and Romney was for the trade policy. We can see that the cross over Dem voting for Trump are working class in the rust belt. Even liberal publications like the Huffington Post pointed this out. This is why Bernie polls way better than Hillary verse Trump.

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Show me the cross-over numbers. Seriously, show me how many Democrats are crossing over to vote for Trump. Then, show me how many of them are doing so because they legitimately support his positions and not because they think he’s the easiest opponent for the Democrats to beat in a general. Go ahead. I’ll wait.

John Konop
John Konop

Btw Washington Post, The Hill….ala had similar polls they posted as well. As I said the key will be how many Republicans vote for Hillary verse coming back to the party, and supporting Trump. All the polls show once they Trump they do not leave, yet Hillary support being way softer, I am guessing via the trust issue. I do think from even reading this blog, you can see Trump issue is not with the Dems and Independents , in fact open primaries he kills it. The biggest issue he faces is within the GOP. …….So if Donald Trump proved… Read more »

John Konop
John Konop

More from the rust belt…..

………The statement supports Dr. G. Terry Madonna’s theory that at least some of the 46,000 Democrats-turned-Republican in Pennsylvania belong to a disaffected class that felt overlooked by elected leaders, or at odds with Democratic party ethos.

“With the increase in support in exit polls for Trump among working class, blue-collar Democrats, it is my belief that these are people who fall into that genre,” said Madonna, who is director of the Center for Politics and Public Affairs at Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster………

http://www.pennlive.com/news/2016/03/ditch_and_switch_trump_may_be.html

Bart
Bart

ACP,

John is right and I hope you reflect the mood of all dems who will regret ignoring the viability of a Trump campaign, especially if he adds Kasich to the ticket.

Along with bringing Midwest blue states into contention, Trump could also put a few NE states into play that are normally safe for dems. HRC supported the trade deals that have pissed off a lot of these voters. She has some splainin to do.