Morning Reads — July 20th

apollo-11
47 years ago today — “That’s one small step for [a] man, one giant leap for mankind.”

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gcp
gcp

Saw the WSB town hall last night and Mayor Reed clearly won the debate with the BLM extremist. Most of the rest of the program was made up of complaints on police officers, talk of mass incarceration, gun control and more school funding…same old stuff.

Maybe I should have watched the convention instead, but then again, maybe not.

blakeage80
blakeage80

One small step for man, one giant leap for studio special effects.

Noway2016
Noway2016

The last Great American Achievement. Too bad for us.

Benevolus
Benevolus

Yes most of our great achievements these days are done in collaboration, which I guess doesn’t help us feel superior to everyone else and therefore it’s not rewarding enough.

Noway2016
Noway2016

What are some of the examples you are referring to in regard to the latest achievements?

Benevolus
Benevolus

Maybe I misunderstood your point. Are you saying there have been no great human achievements at all since 1969? Or that whatever great achievements humans have done have not included Americans?

Noway2016
Noway2016

No, my point was that Apollo was the last great American achievement and I was lamenting the fact that as a nation that was our high point. So many years ago. I was asking what other human achievements since then were in the same league. No snarking, either. The internet? High speed PCs? Iphones? I was drawing a blank.

Benevolus
Benevolus

And my point is- why must we judge our American achievements as superior to everyone else’s? This is the 21st century. The world is smaller now. We collaborate and achieve together, not try to dominate and subdue. Is it not enough that we can eradicate polio and Guinea worm? Land a spacecraft on a comet? Build the space station? Develop solar power? MRI’s? Yes, the internet. The Jaguar F Type? Why is American Exceptionalism so important? We are moving towards human exceptionalism. The sooner the better.

John Vestal
John Vestal

Speaking of Le Tour, here’s a reminder:

Nobody “throws” a bike like Peter Sagan.

edatlanta
edatlanta

Watched that in real time. Kristoff celebrated too soon and lifted his bike slightly.

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

Saw you quoted in the last paragraph of an AJC column on the convention, Charlie. I’m sure more than passive opposition is much easier said than done especially in your circumstances. The largely passive resistance of the GOP majority to an inconsistent, ignorant charlatan touched with incoherence is running the national GOP into the ground. The GOP on the whole didn’t much object to statements that Obama isn’t a real American initiated before he was elected and continuing to the day. Yesterday the GOP nominated an leader early on that meme, with a convention speaker calling Obama a Muslim. Those… Read more »

Indypendant
Indypendant

I tried to point this out the other day, but Charlie chose to focus on the messenger and not the message.

The GOP has turned over the keys to the car to a bunch of pre-teen beer drinkers.

No one is doing more to divide this great nation than the Republican’s who are remaining silent as all of this is happening right before their eyes.

Bart
Bart

Indy,

Playing off your analogy, the GOP left the keys in the car for an outsider like Trump to come along and steal it. They screamed as he drove off, they weren’t silent. But their screams fell on the deaf ears of many GOPers who were abandoned after helping these folks gain control of many states and congress. The swiped car has been traded up to a nice new ride that cannot be stopped at this late date so time to get used to it.

Trump is the GOP candidate for president, about time folks accepted this absolute fact.

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

Who leaves the keys in the car?

The stolen car may have been traded in, but the GOP establishment isn’t pressing charges. Indeed the GOP establishment is largely waving to Trump as he tools around town.

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

I was a little disturbed by Christie’s speech last night. Not only did he, in essence, blame her for Boko Haram and the Syrian civil war, but he treated policy disagreements as if they were criminal or treasonous acts. For example: Christie called Clinton “an inept negotiator of the worst nuclear arms deal in American history.” The crowd responded with “guilty” and “lock her up.” He said she “permitted Russia back in as a major player in the Middle East.” The crowd shouted “guilty” and “lock her up.” Disagreeing on policy or on diplomatic approach is not a crime and… Read more »

edatlanta
edatlanta

Because the Republicans have a pathological hatred for anyone named Clinton and won’t rest until they’ve given them all the death penalty and razed the Clinton Library.

After all, Benghazi is worth more investigatory time and money to Republicans than 9/11.

But I’m sure they’re more interested in our national safety than another attempt to pillory a Clinton.

Benevolus
Benevolus

If it weren’t the Clintons it would be someone else. It’s an attack attitude bred for many years- must have an enemy!

Davo65
Davo65

So last night the program was about jobs and the policies that Trump and Pence will enact to ‘get America working’.

What’s tonights theme?
Nevermind….it doesn’t matter. There are no policies for anything.

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

Wasn’t the Iran nuclear arms deal closed after mostly being negotiated on Kerry’s watch? Clinton’s term as Secretary of State ended in 2013. ISIS occupation didn’t being until 2014. It’s comparable to Paul Ryan blaming Obama for closure of the Janesville GM plant in the district Ryan represents, except that the announcement occurred in December 2008 before Obama took office. The GOP relies on appealing to angry dolts that can’t or won’t remember what happened yesterday. Facts just don’t matter in the bubble. Guys like Christie and Ryan making such statement being held out as reasonable Republicans are why the… Read more »