December 2, 2016 7:05 AM HomeMorning ReadsMorning Reads for Friday, December 2, 2016 Morning Reads for Friday, December 2, 2016 By Ginny Morning Reads 28 Comments DECEMBER? It’s DECEMBER?!?!? #panic Words escape… more later. Sigh. Even more rules. Clark Atlanta gets a big donation. Location. Location. Location. Haggling. Prayers for East Tennessee. How to help. Flap or flop on Fixer Upper? How to get folks to turn OFF their phones. Checking out, for real. Carry your gun nationwide? Democrats promise to filibuster. C’mon folks, grow up. An integral part of adulting is agreeing to disagree. If you see Iridium-192 at your neighbor’s yard sale, you might want to call the cops. No ransom for you! Don’t make us all go full-on Palpatine on your hiney. Share this:TwitterFacebookTumblrRedditEmailPrint Related About Author Ginny 28 Comments gcp National gun permit reciprocity for travelers and nonresidents is a good idea. Let the individual states continue to regulate their residents but for nonresidents there should be reciprocity. Mattis (no surprise here) is a good pick for DOD. Congress will grant him a waiver and he will be easily confirmed. Mattis will return DOD to its mission of defending this country. December 2, 2016 8:31 AM Log in to Reply chefdavid Funny how the gun map looks similar to Kid Rock’s map. Another reason to like him. http://www.truthrevolt.org/news/kid-rocks-t-shirt-says-it-all-about-red-state-blue-state-divide December 2, 2016 9:25 AM Log in to Reply raconteuse That photo was obviously photoshopped. Look at the shirt crease underneath the states of New York and Maine, yet the shirt remains straight. December 2, 2016 1:52 PM Log in to Reply Noway2016 Algore wants Electoral College gone….LOL! To quote Gomer, “Surprise, surprise, surprise!!!” http://www.breitbart.com/video/2016/11/29/gore-we-should-abolish-electoral-college-popular-vote-would-stimulate-public-participation/ December 2, 2016 9:44 AM Log in to Reply Noway2016 Regarding ongoing press feuds with Trump, look for him to actually curtail WH access with those outlets he believes haven’t covered him “fairly.” His supporters will love that! The supporters at the Ohio “Thank You” rally were whipped up into a frenzy. If he tells them to call their Congressmen, they’ll call. Same for NY Times or anyone else. Switchboards will melt. The media has to be fuming!!! Too much fun, people, too much fun! December 3, 2016 7:25 AM Log in to Reply Andrew C. Pope Intentionally obstructing media access due to perceived slights and personal vendettas is “fun”? Meanwhile, Fox News never lost its press credential during the Obama Administration and POTUS sat for several interviews with Wallace and O’Reilly. But, then again, POTUS isn’t a whiny man child with a delicate ego and zero impulse control December 3, 2016 7:57 AM Log in to Reply Noway2016 I’m just telling you the way it’s gonna be. The media better return to truth telling/objectivity or find itself sitting alone on the tarmac. They can whine all they want! December 3, 2016 8:51 AM Log in to Reply Andrew C. Pope How can the media tell the truth when, according to Trump surrogate Scottie Hughes, “there’s no such thing, unfortunately, anymore as facts”? I mean, the media could do what they’ve been doing and report the things Donald Trump says verbatim but, according to Trump stooge Corey Lewandowski, we aren’t supposed to take his words “so literally.” I’m just curious why you feel the news media hasn’t been telling the truth about Donald Trump. The gang at Morning Joe salivates over Trump every morning. CNN would air his rallies, uninterrupted, during the course of the primary and, at some points, would pre-empt other Republican primary candidates to do so. David Farenthold at the Washington Post has extensively documented his work in tracking down Trump’s boasts and claims about charitable donations. Turns out the vast majority of his philanthropic claims were lies. Sopan Deb of CBS presented Trump’s words verbatim. Katy Tur of NBC asked him substantive questions on policy issues. Megan Kelly repeated statements Trump had made about women, verbatim, and asked him to comment on them. Should they have been nicer to him? Should they have only reported on how his hands are not only normal sized but, actually quite yuge? Should they have dedicated reporting teams to chronicle all the gorgeous women that totally want to do him and think he’s super hot? Did CNN treat him unfairly by not making a documentary about how everyone thinks Donald is totally kewl and just the best at everything? Should MSNBC have interviewed Tom Brady so that Tom Brady could be like “Donald Trump is the coolest and the smartest and he’s better looking than me and better at football than me”? I just find it ironic that Trump and his supporters expect fawning media coverage when outlets like Fox News and (Steve Bannon’s) Brietbart have spent the past 8 years peddling the fiction that POTUS is a Kenyan, a muslim, a socialist, an ally of the Muslim Brotherhood, the founder of ISIS, etc. etc. etc. If Trump wants a bunch of Leni Riefenstahls to follow him around and report on how his hair is real and how great a job he’s doing, I guess that’s his prerogative. But the non-Brietbarts of the world are still going to report on everything he says and does and, thanks to the First Amendment, they’ll be allowed to do so. December 3, 2016 3:15 PM Log in to Reply Andrew C. Pope Fun read for anyone interested: https://www.yahoo.com/news/how-the-president-makes-a-phone-call-212133128.html?ref=gs December 3, 2016 3:46 PM Noway2016 Dems keeping to form. Rascist Keith Ellison for DNC Chair! Lol! Just where in The South was his Black State gonna be?! December 3, 2016 9:03 AM Log in to Reply CoastalCat If Trump could avoid making enemies of all our major trading partners before he takes the oath, that would be nice. Why is he avoiding intelligence briefings? Why is he holding the State Dept. at arm’s length? Why create a major incident? Is he uneducated on Taiwan? Does he not read the various protocols? Did the US elect a foolish little man who won’t take advice or direction? December 3, 2016 9:43 AM Log in to Reply Noway2016 I’ve never seen the Libs more apoplectic over a phone call! Lol!!! Is Trump not allowed to take a congratulatory call ?? Y’all are hilarious!! Please keep up the histrionics! December 3, 2016 10:14 AM Log in to Reply xdog Don’t be willfully dim. There are diplomatic proprieties that matter and they go beyond the kind of partisanship you enjoy. December 3, 2016 11:23 AM Log in to Reply Noway2016 You’re right. I’ll call Trump and have him watch “Protocol ” with Goldie Hawn immediately!! Does your dissatisfaction with partisanship extend to almost all of the mainstream media who was openly acting as an arm of the DNC during the entire campaign? Just curious… December 3, 2016 12:41 PM Log in to Reply xdog Try to follow: if the media had been just as much pro-Trump tub-thumpers as Breitbart and Hannity, the call would still have been reckless and short-sighted. Media support or lack of it doesn’t give a pass to ill-considered actions. Got it? December 3, 2016 4:19 PM Andrew C. Pope Not recognizing Taiwanese sovereignty was one of the keys to establishing diplomatic relations with China. By taking this call, Trump has unwittingly agitated our most significant ally in the UN Security Council for instituting sanctions on North Korea. Not to mention China’s status as a major US trading partner. It’s never a good thing when the Secretary of State has to call the Chinese President and say, “look, don’t freak out over Trump, he’s just an ignorant of the diplomatic situation.” December 3, 2016 3:32 PM Log in to Reply Noway2016 I’m reminded of a big, cute red Reset Button that Hillary presented to the Russians. How freaking embarrassing to the US Gov’t! Seriously, we’re still being laughed at in the halls of the Kremlin for that amateur- hour stunt. I think Mao Zedong will get over a five minute cell phone call. Relax. I think you’ll feel better if you watch stop number two of Trump’s Victory Tour tonight ! December 3, 2016 3:55 PM Log in to Reply gcp China is not an ally. Our relationship is business only. We buy their goods, they buy our debt and steal our intellectual property. As for stopping the North Korean nuclear weapons program, China has been useless. The North Koreans continue to build nuclear weapons. December 4, 2016 2:18 PM Log in to Reply Andrew C. Pope China is necessary to getting any sanctions against North Korea through UNSC and China is necessary to giving those sanctions teeth on the enforcement end. I’m choosing to ignore the remainder of your painfully obtuse summary of US-China relations. December 4, 2016 5:39 PM gcp Please continue to parrot the democrat line on all issues. Your comments are 100% predictable. December 4, 2016 7:43 PM Andrew C. Pope Apparently these calls aren’t being routed through the State Department. ACP, you’ve got colleagues at State, why should the calls be routed through the State Department? Well, for one, the State Department screens the calls. This is to make sure that someone like the President of Taiwan doesn’t get a one-on-one phone call with the President or President-Elect. It’s not just Taiwanese government officials, you don’t want an opposition leader from the Russia, Germany, India or another strategic ally getting a one-on-one call with the President, either. Second, the State Department provides strategic briefings prior to the phone call and usually has someone on the line during the phone call so that the President (or President-Elect) knows who he’s talking to, knows what to say if the other side says _____ or asks for _____. While these may be “congratulatory” phone calls, you’ve got to keep in mind that the US is the wealthy relative with all the connections, even the most innocent-seeming of phone calls have some sort of ask involved or, at the very least, the words said by the President carry significant impacts for our relationships around the globe. Third, the State Department places the calls on a secure line which Trump is allegedly not doing. Folks in intelligence circles say there’s a 100% chance China had access to that phone call between Trump and Taiwan. December 3, 2016 3:26 PM Log in to Reply Noway2016 But the Russians never hacked Hillary, right?? Lol! Get ready for a new world, Andrew. December 3, 2016 3:31 PM Log in to Reply Noway2016 Maureen Dowd sticks it… http://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/26/opinion/sunday/election-therapy-from-my-basket-of-deplorables.html?_r=0 December 4, 2016 7:33 AM Log in to Reply CoastalCat More hatefulness under the guise of humor and journalism. You know what this country hates more than anything else-bullies and gloaters. So keep it up Trump supporters. Keep yelling we won. Keep laughing over silly tweets while your beloved son attends lavish costume parties at mansions and plots to kick you and grandma off Medicare while cutting taxes on the ultra rich.. When the mass revulsion hits DC and Paul Ryan finds his balls again, any Trump initiative will be dead on arrival. It’s already sinking in to his supporters that they have been conned. Just wait till he messes with social security, Medicare and trying to repeal the ACA. So laugh it up. You got maybe 2-3 months before reality (not reality TV) sets in. December 4, 2016 9:04 AM Log in to Reply thegreatpumpkin The people hate Snowflakes and whiners more than your so-called gloaters. Move on. Find a way for your side to do better next time. December 4, 2016 9:41 AM Log in to Reply CoastalCat Name calling. Classy. As usual. Trump will be caught in a perfect vise of those who didn’t vote for him (2.5 plus million more for HRC) and those who will be financially hurt immediately when the ACA is repealed, Medicare is stripped and privatized, and Social Security is stripped and privatized. Add the maroons that really thought he was building a Mexican wall, or the maroons that really thought he was a job creator (shake down money much?-Carrier played him like a violin) His only real constituency at that point will be his racist friends. We will see who is laughing then. December 4, 2016 12:45 PM Log in to Reply thegreatpumpkin You forgot to put a direct reference to slavery in with all of that caterwauling. You’re slipping… December 4, 2016 2:00 PM Log in to Reply Will Durant A couple of contrasting views on our treatment of Cuba I found interesting: Blame Castro for Cuba’s poverty, but the US blockade didn’t help either (from Business Insider). http://www.businessinsider.com/castro-cubas-poverty-us-blockade-2016-12 The Case for the Cuba Embargo (from The Atlantic). https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2016/12/robert-menendez-cuba-castro-embargo/509366/ We are on the cusp of change in relations with a country where we fomented revolution, allowed our own oligarchs to puppet rule over half a century with despots, and then attacked, both politically and physically another group of despots over another half-century. Regardless of political alignments we have not entirely been the white hats our politicians have tried to portray in our dealings with this near neighbor going all the way back to the trumped up Spanish American War. With the “diplomacy” signalled by our President-elect I am not hopeful it will improve. December 4, 2016 12:52 PM Log in to Reply Add a Comment Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.