Morning Reads for March 16

Love is a myth. There’s only a desperation tearing you apart from the inside out, and Arby’s.

Georgia
– Georgia taxpayers will get the Super Bowl we already bought! It’s gross, but it’s right.
– While we were watching the fireworks, did MARTA expansion get one last shot?
No movement on the rape kit bill. Senator Unterman didn’t think of it herself.
GUNS EVERYWHERE (Actually that sounds fine)
-I can’t say this enough: Savannah readers, Baywatch needs you.
– Representative Peake will take his medical cannabis bill to the wire but will take what he can get. This is what both principled and practical leadership looks like
– It’s hot
– Coach Kirby Smart opened spring practice with abundant energy, according to players, even if he kinda looks like an egg

Lesser Places
– At 11 AM today, President Obama will unveil his Supreme Court nominee. Conventional wisdom predicts Sri Srinivasan; preview him here
– UPDATE: Conventional wisdom is dumb and so am I. It’s Merick Garland. Here’s who he is.
– Given last night’s results (ugh, results here) isn’t it about time for Senator McConnell to make a deal?
– Good news, we didn’t lose anyone in Libya!
– If you haven’t had time to read The Obama Doctrine, get to it. The president’s foreign policy isn’t fully liberal or conservative, but is based on a Hegelian certainty that history belongs to the just.
How the South was won
– NFL executive has the audacity to admit truth, science
– In unrelated news, here’s a report on humanity’s effect on the climate since the 30s
Young Thug as both the Pimp and the Poet
– Ta-Nehisi Coates on Nina Simone here; you might enjoy the recently released Simone documentary on Netflix and you’ll certainly enjoy this

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John Konop
John Konop

Sen. Renee Unterman, why are you blocking what two-thirds of Georgia supports?

………..News/Survey USA poll says a two-thirds of Georgia voters feel that growing marijuana for medical purposes should be made legal in the state…………..

http://www.11alive.com/story/news/politics/2016/02/25/poll-growing-medical-marijuana-should-be-legal/80958278/

Jon Richards
Jon Richards

Actually, that’s not what the bill is about, John. The sections dealing with growing in-state were removed long ago. What’s left is allowing CBD oil to be used to cover more diseases.

gcp
gcp

Correct and Unterman’s explanation/nonexplanation for opposing Peake’s current bill is because she supposedly talked to several families and they were against it. The strange thing is she won’t state the specific objections.

John Konop
John Konop

Jon,

The voters are clear they want more options not less with medical marijuana. It is clear Sen. Untermann has been blocking the process for years, with no real explanation.

drjay
drjay

i was an extra on baywatch last week during the filming at the hospital, it was a long day, i was sent home after 15 hours and they still had one more scene to film…it was a lot of fun, i would totes do it again if i could work it into my schedule…

John Konop
John Konop

Sen. Renee Unterman why are you against this bill? Sen. Renee Unterman is Blocking Justice for Rape Victims …….A powerful Republican state Senator is blocking a crucial bill that would require police to account for the backlog of untested rape kits — evidence of sexual assault, sometimes including DNA, gathered when victims report the crime to authorities in Georgia…….. ………..The Pursuing Justice for Rape Victims Act, sponsored by Rep. Scott Holcomb (D-Atlanta), would require law enforcement to find and count rape kits that have, in some cases, been ignored for years. The bill has strong bipartisan support. Co-sponsored by Rep.… Read more »

gcp
gcp

She blocked the original medical marijuana bill a couple years ago but it subsequently passed the next year. Now she blocks Peak’s current bill which slightly expands the number of conditions for which marijuana can be used.

She blocks the rape kit bill which passed unanimously in the house. Additionally her name is on another bad bill (HB 775 discussed in another thread). This woman needs to be out of office or at the minimum removed from the HHS committee.

Will Durant
Will Durant

She is running unopposed yet again.

John Konop
John Konop

…..Renee Unterman has a Republican primary opponent in her 45th District. Todd Tyson, who ran and lost in the primary for the house seat now held by Chuck Efstration, will face the long time Senator in May………… Is Todd Tyson running? ……….It seems so cruel that year after year the same Senator would kill a bill that is meant to help many suffering Georgia patients. She seems determined to continue Prohibition in our State and she doesn’t care about those suffering the consequences of her reefer madness. In an Atlanta Journal interview she reveals her plan to hold the bill… Read more »

Will Durant
Will Durant

A search of all parties running in the 45th on the Secretary of State’s website only shows Untermann. I realize the website has had, um, issues, and am hoping that is the case in this instance as well. I had read here in a post from Jon that she was being primaried so checked on that day and again today with the same result.

Benevolus
Benevolus

Speaking of which, I just got my new voter registration card yesterday showing the change in my polling place. That was nice. Good thing I had checked online before heading out to vote two weeks ago. Many others in my location not so lucky. They were showing up at 7PM having come from (I guess) the previous location and finding no one there and had to figure it out somehow. Then we only had one functional voter roll device. Eight voting machines, but it took a lot longer to get verified than it did to vote so only one at… Read more »

John Konop
John Konop

gcp,

I agree very good post!

Bart
Bart

SCOTUS Nominee – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Merrick_Garland

Let’s get ready to rumble!

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Very pleased with this nominee. Judge Garland is imminently qualified and has a history of working with CJ Roberts on the DC Circuit. Interestingly, he’ll be the 4th DC Circuit judge on the bench. He’ll also shift the balance of the court, which was previously 6 Catholics and 3 Jews to 5 Catholics (Roberts, Alito, Thomas, Kennedy, Sotomayor) and 4 Jews (Ginsburg, Kagan, Breyer, and Garland). He’ll join 4 other Harvard Law grads (Kennedy, Roberts, Kagan, and Breyer). He’ll be the 6th Justice on the bench to have served on the Harvard Law Review (Roberts, Kagan, Ginsburg, Breyer, Kennedy). Of… Read more »

Bart
Bart

You left out the most important attribute, he loves the outdoors, backpacking, hiking, etc. Good enough for me.

GOPers screwed the pooch on this one just like so many other instances since Obama took charge. They spoke too soon, backed themselves into a corner and now face a no win situation. It is truly amazing how stupid these ‘leaders’ are when it comes to just basic common sense. Can’t wait to hear the excuses on the day Garland is approved.

Benevolus
Benevolus

I doubt if he gets approved, or even voted on. They are already saying he is anti-gun. But one would think this would hurt some Repub down-ballot races. Majority-ness may be in jeopardy.

I would love to have been in the room for that conversation though.
“You know they aren’t going to approve you. This is more of a symbolic thing.”
What do you say to that?

Noway2016
Noway2016

No rumble – DOA. If the judiciary committee, after saying they wouldn’t even entertain discussion on a new one, waffles on this, Trump’s numbers rise even more. Be careful boys.

Will Durant
Will Durant

Actually with this nomination the President has made a very astute political move. Frankly it was unseemly for Republican Senators to announce they would not be considering any nominations from this President on the day of Justice Scalia’s passing in some cases and on the Sunday morning political shows in others. You speak about perception ranking high in politics below yet you’re ignoring the perception here that regardless of party loyalties the majority of Americans want to see that the system works and that our government remains Constitutional. To state categorically that they would not give any nominee a fair… Read more »

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

POTUS is playing chess while the GOP is playing checkers. Garland is liberal enough to satiate the Democrats but he’s not so liberal as to give Republicans an easy out. His qualifications are strong enough to convince ol’ Joe Six Pack that this nomination is about finding a good justice and not a political stunt. His reputation and resume prevent the GOP from discrediting him as a jurist… Their only battle hinges on process, that’s not a battle they’re likely to win any converts with. The ball is in the GOP’s court. Give him a hearing and alienate your base.… Read more »

Noway2016
Noway2016

Pundits are a funny group. For example, Glenn Beck, this am, is apoplectic against Trump. Even making fun of Trump’s son. Completely unhinged. Hannity is railing against Kasich staying in. He’s unhinged, too. The nomination process has rules. If no one has the needed number of delegates, it can go to a number of ballots. Why so pissed off, Sean? That’s the way it goes.

Noway2016
Noway2016

Is it any wonder why millions of voters are so pissed off with politics? This is just one example of a dumb a$$ on my side of the isle. Some Repub d**che just said that the party picks the nominee, not the voters. (I’ll bet primary voters liked hearing that…) They dislike Trump so badly that, By God, they’re gonna politically take him down any way they can. Watch Trump quote this article by the end of the day. Can you say ‘stratosphere’ with regard to numbers?
http://www.cnbc.com/2016/03/16/we-choose-the-nominee-not-the-voters-senior-gop-official.html

John Konop
John Konop

Ironically, our country has been sent around the world to monitor elections to make sure stuff like this does not happen. This cycle, between both parties maybe we should have someone monitor us?

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Except these are party primaries, not elections. There is a yuuge difference between the two. The party is under no obligation to honor the “will of the voters.”

John Konop
John Konop

My point, sounds like elections in third world countries, Middle East, Africa, communist countries ….

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Again, so what? It’s not an election, it’s a group’s chosen method for selecting it’s nominee. What’s next, are you going to go down to the local high school chess club and complain their voting system resembles that of third world countries?

Noway2016
Noway2016

Don’t be deliberately obtuse, Drew. These are party primary ELECTIONS for the nominee. Get into the weeds if you like, but to Joe Six Pack on either side is gonna be mighty pissed if you tell him his efforts/votes don’t really matter. Just like Sanders’ folks are pretty upset about Hill’s super delegates.

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Joe Six Pack probably doesn’t know how the Electoral College works either. Not my fault he isn’t up to date on civics. They aren’t primary elections. They are primaries (or caucuses), full stop. The rules are created by the party. It’s why some states have caucuses and others have primaries. It’s why some states have closed primaries and others don’t. It’s why the delegate allotment rules vary from state to state. Just ’cause Joe Six Pack is a dimwitted knuckle-dragger doesn’t mean I’m the bad guy for pointing out that the party can do whatever the heck it wants. Now,… Read more »

Noway2016
Noway2016

You know, Drew, you can cut the Mein Kampf references. It’s unseemly. You sound like Chidi.

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

I will gladly do that when the Stormfront comment section stops showing up to his rallies en masse.

Plus, I gotta enjoy this while it lasts. I wasn’t around when George Wallace ran. Who knows how long it’ll be before we get another one.

Noway2016
Noway2016

You know, you have a point. Just like if Hill is the nominee, they’ll be folks commenting on Slick Willy’s foibles, too. Now THAT is gonna be hysterical! Enjoy!

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope
Noway2016
Noway2016

John, do you have a way I can contact you directly? Sorry, Charlie, if this might not be allowed on here. I tried finding you on the net but your old company phone number was no good.

John Konop
John Konop
Noway2016
Noway2016

Thanks! An email is on the way in a few!

Raleigh
Raleigh

Mr. Pope is 100% correct. Whoever becomes the nominee will be approved by the delegates in accordance with the convention rules period.

In fact if you want to be technical voters do not elect the president at all. That done by the Electoral College which is comprised of electors who are elected by the people. Let’s see there has been I think at least 2 maybe 3 times where the candidate who won the popular vote didn’t win the presidency.

Still it doesn’t mean those voters will not be ticked off……..

augusta52
augusta52

Andrew is right on this—if it were just a matter of which nominee got the most (popular) votes, what would be the point of having delegates? Furthermore, measuring popular votes in caucuses can be problematic (see Iowa, February 2016 Democratic caucus). The allocation of delegates does not always reflect the popular vote—in Georgia for instance, Rubio finished 11,000 votes ahead of Cruz 15 days ago, but Cruz won more delegates than Rubio at the congressional district level because Cruz’s support was more dispersed across the state, while Rubio’s was concentrated in metro Atlanta. Thus at the CD level, Cruz won… Read more »

Noway2016
Noway2016

Perception is reality, especially in politics. And if the masses feel they’re being screwed woe be unto the establishment. Actually, that’s what’s happening now after decades of Repubs lying to their voters. Rev. Wright may be right on this one: The chickens have come home to roost.

Noway2016
Noway2016

Drew, don’t laugh too hard! That woman’s vote is gonna cancel yours out!

John Konop
John Konop

Erick Erickson the king of spewing nasty comments, is organizing a third party run against Trump? HUH???? ……….Top conservatives gather to plot third-party run against Trump The meeting is scheduled for two days after tonight’s primaries in what many Republican operatives believe will determine whether Trump is on an unstoppable march to the nomination. Three influential leaders of the conservative movement have summoned other top conservatives for a closed-door meeting Thursday in Washington, D.C., to talk about how to stop Donald Trump and, should he become the Republican nominee, how to run a third-party “true conservative” challenger in the fall.… Read more »

Bart
Bart

Thanks John, I was just looking for a link to that story. I guess Erick still has hard feelings about Trump from the failed Red State hubbub last year. Just have to wonder how long he will occupy the drive time slot on WSB, no way he gets ratings with all his religious based propaganda. Truly the absolute worst radio talk dude in the market, should be replaced by Eric Von Haessler.

Noway2016
Noway2016

I agree with that. Say what you want about Boortz but WSB has gone downhill since his departure. No way Herman has ratings like Neil’s. Herman is truly a dope and Erick is just grating. Hell, bring back David Paul! Or, to take liberties from Paul Simon, “Where have you gone Freddie Mertz?” Or Ralph from Ben Hill!