June 1, 2016 4:46 AM HomeMorning ReadsMorning Reads as Summer Starts Morning Reads as Summer Starts By edatlanta Morning Reads 27 Comments Really this is the most wonderful time of the year. “The Memory” by Roy Ayers Ubiquity. Jimmy Carter stepping away from “front-line role” with human rights NGO The Elders. Atlanta’s smartest citizens are in the northern half of our fair city with…gasp… a lot of them OTP!!! In light of GADOT threatening to stop the Streetcar, one sustainability watchdog tells the haters to chill. Atlanta Regional Commission proposes hundreds of miles of interconnected bike/footpaths to help Atlanta mobility. Perimeter area still not seriously considering non-car transportation. Shocking, I know. Delta: we can do security better than TSA. Nobel economics laureate advocates for basic income grants. Where is Atlanta’s best fried chicken? (You won’t believe number 3). Share this:TwitterFacebookTumblrRedditEmailPrint Related About Author edatlanta 27 Comments Andrew C. Pope Anyone catch Trump’s press conference yesterday? What a clown. June 1, 2016 7:12 AM Log in to Reply Saltycracker Unlike Bernie, a great guy that will give you the shirt right off someone else’s back. 😎 June 1, 2016 8:22 AM Log in to Reply 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? June 1, 2016 8:25 AM Log in to Reply Lea Thrace What was reported inaccurately? June 1, 2016 8:54 AM Log in to Reply 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 them reported that Trump’s donations just came in last week, the same day the Washington Post ran a story questioning whether he’d donated all the money he said he would. Donald Trump is a huckster. His “brand” is built off of a lifetime of selling monorails to towns full of suckers. He’s able to keep up his snake oil business because nobody bothers to question it. He doesn’t want to release his tax returns because they’ll show he isn’t worth as much as he says he is. He doesn’t want the press asking about his donations to veterans’ groups because it’ll show that he isn’t as supportive of “the vets” as he says he is. He doesn’t want the court to unseal the Trump University records because they’ll show he’s not the shrewd businessman he says he is. The hucksterism is fine when all you’re doing is selling your reality show or some bogus product. The hucksterism is not fine when you’re trying to become the most powerful person in the world. The press (well, the Washington Post, at least) finally grew a pair in the past week and decided to call him on his crap. If he (the guy that openly and publicly questioned the President’s birth certificate) is going to throw a temper tantrum over this, then he’s not cut out to be President. Seriously, Donald needs to grow up. June 1, 2016 10:01 AM Log in to Reply 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. June 1, 2016 10:25 AM Log in to Reply Andrew C. Pope $400,000 is a rounding error? Where I come from, that’s called a lie. June 1, 2016 10:30 AM 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! June 1, 2016 10:47 AM 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 big stink about how people didn’t give you enough credit. Like, you realize, he’s the worst kind of gift giver, right? Day 1: “Hey, Noway, I’m going to get you a brand new truck for your birthday.” … Two months later: *delivers 2012 Ford F-150 with no tires* … Four months later: “I never said I’d get you a brand new truck.” … One month later: “Here are some tires, stop telling people I didn’t give you any tires.” … One month later: “Hey, you guys are the worst. How come no one is like ‘gee, thanks for the truck, Donald,’ ‘ooh, Donald, I didn’t know you were so considerate and so well endowed,’ ‘Donald, you’re the best’? You should be thanking me for even bothering to get you a used truck, without tires, which is what I originally promised.” June 1, 2016 11:07 AM 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 like you run the business day to day. You try your best to keep your arms around it, but their is a difference between operating and investing. Advising an investment is not operating the business. June 1, 2016 11:28 AM 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 it was pointed out that he didn’t pay up in the first place. Trump University is a straight-up scam, so the discussion of good deals/bad deals and bankruptcies is merely a red herring. What the heck are you even talking about with this advising/investing/operating thing? June 1, 2016 12:40 PM John Konop Andrew, HUH???? Trump reignites ‘Morning Joe’ feud http://www.politico.com/story/2016/05/trump-joe-scarborough-fight-222955 June 1, 2016 1:00 PM Andrew C. Pope You know that professional wrestlers are all friends back stage, right? June 1, 2016 2:45 PM John Konop Andrew, I like and respect you, but this time you are going “Tin Foil Hat” on this claim. June 1, 2016 3:01 PM 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. June 1, 2016 7:44 PM 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. June 1, 2016 7:51 PM 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). June 1, 2016 11:10 AM Noway2016 Dav, are you describing the Occupy Wall Street protesters? Damn, you nailed it! Brilliant, absolutely brilliant comparison! June 1, 2016 11:15 AM 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”. June 1, 2016 7:18 AM Log in to Reply Andrew C. Pope President Carter has set an impossible standard for a post-Presidency life. June 1, 2016 10:31 AM Log in to Reply 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? June 1, 2016 8:43 AM Log in to Reply 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. June 1, 2016 9:30 AM Log in to Reply 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 Perdue puts on his denim jacket and tweaks his accent enough, he can at least pretend to be “one of us.” June 1, 2016 10:06 AM Log in to Reply 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 showing my age, I guess. Things have changed for the worse, I’m afraid. To throw out my favorite phrase when posting here: “We’re screwed!” June 1, 2016 11:10 AM Log in to Reply 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 political dues and that voting for me would be risky. Never mind the fact I had spent my career running major companies and creating jobs, versus running for political office as a full-time job. I’m sorry, you seem to misunderstand why people don’t like Trump. It’s not necessarily the lack of experience (that is a factor, don’t get me wrong), it’s the outright racism, bigotry, and misogyny that has come to typify his campaign. As I’ve said all along, this movement is bigger than party or ideology, or even, dare I say, Trump himself. Racism and white nationalism have existed before Trump, they will exist after him. On that we can agree, Senator. Anyone who read ‘The Art of the Deal’ shouldn’t be surprised by his technique or his success. Yes, the guy that wrote “Art of the Deal” for him is a pretty smart guy. He is bold and unpredictable, always keeping the opposition off balance. And he is a master of earned media. Statecraft. National security strategy. Foreign policy. These all require trust, prudence, dependability. Trump exhibits none of those qualities. Bold and unpredictable does not make our allies sleep comfortably at night. Bold and unpredictable makes achieving any international cooperation on anything more difficult. Why should we care that he’s a master of earned media? How does that make him a good leader? His strategy seems to be 1) say something stupid, 2) deny you said stupid thing, 3) ???, 4) profit. One by one, he picked off the best and brightest the Republican establishment If that was the best and brightest you might as well blow the whole thing up. anyone who still has doubts about Mr. Trump should stop agonizing for a minute, take a deep breath, and at least contemplate the value of having such a unique asset at the top of our ticket. Easy for you to say since you aren’t on the ballot until 2020. Mr. Trump is not going to walk into the Democrats’ traps or take their bait. That’s because they won’t need to set traps or set out bait. As Republicans, let’s not lose sight of our shared mission to change the direction of our country. One that doesn’t allow Muslims or Mexicans or [insert ethnic scapegoat, du jour]? We certainly cannot withstand losing the Supreme Court for a generation. Just to spite you, I hope that Hillary wins and names Obama to the Court. We have a unique opportunity to finally change course. Current course: slow but steady economic growth Proposed course: utter collapse of America as we know it. June 1, 2016 10:25 AM Log in to Reply Noway2016 State Dept deliberately deleting/altering record of interview!? Oops! June 1, 2016 4:16 PM Log in to Reply 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 June 1, 2016 7:00 PM Log in to Reply Add a Comment Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.