Morning Reads as Summer Starts

Really this is the most wonderful time of the year.

“The Memory” by Roy Ayers Ubiquity.

  1. Jimmy Carter stepping away from “front-line role” with human rights NGO The Elders.
  2. Atlanta’s smartest citizens are in the northern half of our fair city with…gasp… a lot of them OTP!!!
  3. In light of GADOT threatening to stop the Streetcar, one sustainability watchdog tells the haters to chill. 
  4. Atlanta Regional Commission proposes hundreds of miles of interconnected bike/footpaths to help Atlanta mobility. 
  5. Perimeter area still not seriously considering non-car transportation. Shocking, I know. 
  6. Delta: we can do security better than TSA. 
  7. Nobel economics laureate advocates for basic income grants. 
  8. Where is Atlanta’s best fried chicken? (You won’t believe number 3). 

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Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Anyone catch Trump’s press conference yesterday? What a clown.

Saltycracker
Saltycracker

Unlike Bernie, a great guy that will give you the shirt right off someone else’s back. 😎

Noway2016
Noway2016

Clown? Him? The only clowns there were the press who deliberately reported the donation story inaccurately. He called them on it and busted their ass. Perfect response! And he said he’d continue this type of contentious relationship. I wonder how many more “Trump Democrat” voters he earned yesterday?

Lea Thrace
Lea Thrace

What was reported inaccurately?

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

He announced, on stage, as his rally “for the Vets” in January that he raised $6 million for veterans’ groups with $1 million coming from him personally. This is on video. It actually happened. And yet, the oversized cheeto with undersized hands is trying to act like he never said $6 million. Yesterday, that figure dropped to $5.6 million. This is after his campaign manager said it was only $4.5 million. His campaign manager also said, on May 20, that all the money had been spent. However, the AP called the 41 organizations Trump said he donated to, 24 of… Read more »

Noway2016
Noway2016

Say what you want. 6 mil versus 5.6 is a freaking rounding error! Keep throwing Trump in that briar patch! Tons of free media calling the media exactly what they are. People hate the media more than politicians! People see it, howl at how Trump is beating their backsides, and more votes are in the column for November.

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

$400,000 is a rounding error? Where I come from, that’s called a lie.

Noway2016
Noway2016

LOL! 5.6 to vets from Trump’s efforts! 90% of the voters will see that as pretty damn good. Let the pounding of the ‘librul press continue! But you keep flailing, Drew, you keep flailing! LMAO!

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

But here’s the thing. He said he raised $6 million. By only giving them $5.6 million he’s now shorting them $400,000 of what he promised. As someone astutely pointed out on Twitter: if Donald Trump is as rich as he says he is, why not cut a check for that extra $400k? It’s great he raised $5.6 million. I’m not dumping on that. But it sours the kindness of the act when you: 1) Promise to deliver $6 million and actually deliver $400k less; 2) Don’t give the $5.6 million until someone calls you on it; and 3) Make a… Read more »

John Konop
John Konop

Andrew, In fairness, Trump was slow to pay the VETS, but he has a history of always paying but slow as pointed out, by Mika and Joe on the Morning Joe Show who have personally raised charity money from Trump in the past. Trump is in a middle of a campaign. Second, any entrepreneur has good deals and bad deals. At the end, it is all about are you ahead, not behind. Obviously Trump has done well in any measure. Under your logic we never should of elected President Lincoln. http://helpyourcase.com/did-you-know-abraham-lincoln-filed-bankruptcy-more-than-once/ Finally, when you have many investments, it is not… Read more »

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

I refuse to take anything Joe and Mika say re: Trump at face value. They’re probably the most pro-Trump folks not on Fox News or Brietbart. The issue isn’t that he didn’t pay up in a timely manner. The issue is that he: 1) Exaggerated how much money he raised and personally donated; 2) Lied about ever exaggerating how much money he raised and personally donated; 3) Bullied reporters for objectively reporting that he exaggerated how much money he raised and personally donated and lied about exaggerating how much money he raised and personally donated; and 4) Donated only after… Read more »

John Konop
John Konop

Andrew,

HUH????

Trump reignites ‘Morning Joe’ feud

http://www.politico.com/story/2016/05/trump-joe-scarborough-fight-222955

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

You know that professional wrestlers are all friends back stage, right?

John Konop
John Konop

Andrew,

I like and respect you, but this time you are going “Tin Foil Hat” on this claim.

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

http://gawker.com/voicemails-appear-to-reveal-donald-trumps-cozy-relation-1762690660

You said above that Donald has raised money with Joe and Mika. That sounds like something friends do.

John Konop
John Konop

Andrew,

It is public knowledge Trump gave money to charities they promote on the air. You get Mika and Joe do not get the money, it goes to charity? This is a smoking gun with no bullets, and the gun does not fire.

Davo65
Davo65

Please don’t feed the trolls. It’s a lot like bears getting used to being around people; they defecate where they please, knock over trash, make people nervous, and refuse to leave. Remove your attention from them and after a time they will leave to go back to the dark hole in the ground where they truly belong (AJC comments section).

Noway2016
Noway2016

Dav, are you describing the Occupy Wall Street protesters? Damn, you nailed it! Brilliant, absolutely brilliant comparison!

Charlie
Charlie

President Carter had just returned from his Elders trip when I attended his Sunday School class a couple of weeks ago. He talked a bit about the group since it was founded by Nelson Mandela (he is an original member). He’s going to miss it, but will remain as an “Elder Emeritus”.

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

President Carter has set an impossible standard for a post-Presidency life.

Noway2016
Noway2016

“Poor should receive basic income grants: economist” Really? Well, as long as it’s a Nobel winner advocating for more free s**t, where’s the harm?

Jack Fitz
Jack Fitz

The great outsider that “knows how to get things done” is bending over backwards to sing Trump’s praises.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/powerpost/wp/2016/06/01/senator-perdue-donald-trump-proves-its-time-for-an-outsider/

Clearly this wouldn’t be playing politics. I mean, he felt this same way back in March right?

Also, when you share the same grandparents and last name as the former two-term Governor, your “outsider” bona fides continue to wear a little thin.

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

I would add that, when you have a giant house out on Sea Island and more money than you know what to do with, the only thing distinguishing you from the “insiders” is the fact you haven’t been elected to anything. I have yet to see how David Perdue’s positions, policies, or line of thinking differ, in any substantive way, from long-serving Republican Senators or Representatives or big money GOP donors. An “outsider” would be some middle-class Joe Schmoe who hasn’t spent his entire adult life rubbing elbows with rich folks at swanky dinner parties. But I guess if David… Read more »

Noway2016
Noway2016

You seem to have this resentment of his “money.” I don’t understand that. At.all. The resentment of the rich in today’s climate is puzzling. Used to be we’d use someone else’s success as a motivator for us to attain the same/similar status. Who wouldn’t want to have the same economic success as Gates, Buffett and yes, Perdue? If I remember correctly, you’re a lawyer, which means you had the smarts to do that. That puts you in a higher class of brains. No reason in heck you can’t be a rich man yourself one day, if you aren’t already. I’m… Read more »

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Republican voters have sent the Washington establishment a message in the form of our presidential nominee. It is loud, and it should be clear. “We learned nothing from 2008 and 2012!!!” These D.C. insiders are so caught up in the Washington bubble that they failed to realize the world around them has changed. That, or they’re dismayed that so many people can be so utterly stupid. over promised and under-delivered. This could also be the title of your new memoir. In my race, the establishment types said I wasn’t Republican enough. They warned the party faithful that I hadn’t paid my… Read more »

Noway2016
Noway2016

State Dept deliberately deleting/altering record of interview!? Oops!

Saltycracker
Saltycracker

We sure can get wrapped up in how much the Don bragged about raising but give a pass to Hillary on a missing $50 million bucks?

http://www.forbes.com/sites/danalexander/2015/09/29/the-mystery-of-hillarys-missing-millions/#78ed25005505