December 14, 2016 8:35 AM HomeMorning ReadsMorning Reads with a Warning Morning Reads with a Warning By edatlanta Morning Reads 27 Comments If you haven’t completed your shopping by now just abandon all hope. Rafael Solano y su Orquestra “Aleluya” (this might replace the Boston Pops’ version of “Sleigh Ride” as best Christmas song ever–even though “Sleigh Ride is not a Christmas song). The world was first, waiting for this hire and second, my reaction. (I’m not sure if I like it.) USC’s strength and conditioning coach will be GSU’s new o-line coach. Legislature considering one agency to run mass transit. How Georgia farmers are using big data for big savings. WABE has a chinwag with outgoing ATL Fed Prez (aka Best Fed Prez) Dennis Lockhart. What should the Atlanta mayoral hopefuls be discussing? Share this:TwitterFacebookTumblrRedditEmailPrint Related About Author edatlanta 27 Comments gcp Trump meets with Jim Brown, Ray Lewis, and Kanye West; two criminals and a mental health patient. Stock market rally continues. Doubt if even fed rate increase will stop this one. Candidates for mayor should be talking about crime and wasteful spending such as 100 million dollars+ on Philips Arena. December 14, 2016 8:52 AM Log in to Reply edatlanta I know you don’t care about the specifics but Atlanta isn’t spending all that money just on Philips Arena. It’s a redevelopment of the entire area around it which, I’m not sure if you’ve noticed, is awful and an even worse use of space. In other words: they have an anchor project for a much-needed overhaul of a blighted area, which is exactly what cities should be looking for. December 14, 2016 10:15 AM Log in to Reply gcp This deal mainly benefits the Hawks which is why Vincent Fort and Cathy Woolard criticized it. Any improvements to The Gulch and/or surrounding area are speculative. December 14, 2016 10:37 AM Log in to Reply edatlanta A mixed-use development over what is literally a giant hole, everyone benefits. I’m honestly shocked that you’d put weight into any of Fort’s criticisms. He’d yell at the sun for rising in the east if he thought he could score points. December 14, 2016 10:42 AM Log in to Reply gcp Reed said this deal will “help seed redevelopment” in the area. The actual deal only guarantees improvements to Philips. It will take much more money to do anything else. http://www.ajc.com/news/local-govt–politics/philips-arena-get-192-million-facelift/p0pmAXHuT9TXdTwYq9USwO/ I agree with policy not personality and in this case I agree with Fort. December 14, 2016 11:15 AM gcp Reed said this deal will “help seed redevelopment” in the area. The actual deal only guarantees improvements to Philips. It will take much more money to do anything else. I agree with policy not personality and in this case I agree with Fort. December 14, 2016 12:25 PM edatlanta So because there were no firm plans as soon as the redevelopment was announced where all parties said they were going to do a mixed-use development and the RFP process was opened when the announcement was made you’re going to write it off completely. You’re not choosing policy over personality. You’re cherrypicking something to suit your ideals or being conned. Don’t care which and I’m not going further down the rabbit hole with you on this. December 14, 2016 12:43 PM gcp Woolard is also against while most of the other candidates want to see the details. If you know the details on this redevelopment you should publicize them. Blindly accepting a deal, particularly when it involves government, is not advisable. December 14, 2016 3:48 PM xdog 25 films have been selected for the National Film Registry including two of my favorites ‘Point Blank’ and ‘Ball of Fire’. Walker and Sugarpuss would each have done well in politics. December 14, 2016 9:03 AM Log in to Reply Noway2016 Trump summons Silicone Valley to kiss the ring. What job promises will be announced at press conference? December 14, 2016 9:07 AM Log in to Reply Andrew C. Pope Might want to run spellcheck there, boss. Unless you’re intending to make vulgar double entendres this morning. December 14, 2016 9:56 AM Log in to Reply Noway2016 Lolol! I just looked at that again. Dang , Drew , nothing vulgar there. Laugh a little!! Now, if he’d been meeting w Dolly, you’d have a point!! December 14, 2016 9:59 AM Log in to Reply Ellynn Question, any of the GaPol people covering this today? http://www.terry.uga.edu/events/economic-outlook December 14, 2016 11:44 AM Log in to Reply Will Durant A very interesting read, at least for geeks of both the IT and political persuasions. Warning; unlike fake news stories it isn’t a short blurb. The Perfect Weapon: How Russian Cyberpower Invaded the U.S. http://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/13/us/politics/russia-hack-election-dnc.html December 14, 2016 12:02 PM Log in to Reply Noway2016 Again, another attempt to de-legitimize Trump. No effort has ever been made to say the content of Podesta’s email were made up. They weren’t. The info in those emails showed DNC and media in bed together against Trump. Everyone thought it. Now they knew it. The Dem tactics and facts were exposed to the light of day and the folks then voted against Hilly. And the hack also showed the DNC was against Sanders. Basically, the truth hurt them…Again, underhanded Dem tactics. This “fake” outrage is childish and unproductive. December 14, 2016 12:23 PM Log in to Reply Andrew C. Pope I want to push back on this idea of “the Media” being against Trump. Beginning with the primary, every major network broadcast his rallies nearly in their entirety. This continued through the general election. They even covered events that were, in essence, infomercials for his hotel and his golf course. Fox News gave him glowing treatment and fed him debate questions in the primary. (sound familiar?) The clowns at Morning Joe have him on speed dial and gave him free reign to call in and rant about whatever was on his mind with minimal push back. “The Media” did a bad job in this election, but it wasn’t because they were too soft on Clinton or too hard on Trump. The coverage of the Clinton Foundation and the DNC/Podesta emails showed how desperate TV networks are to mine anything, including an email about risotto, into a major controversy. The focus on “gee what crazy thing will Trump say next!” was equally stupid. There was no substantive discussion of issues and that failure rests on the doorsteps of the major cable and broadcast news networks. But please, let’s stop pretending that Trump didn’t benefit from the media. December 14, 2016 1:17 PM Log in to Reply Will Durant Did you even read the article? I realize all along the party line has been that all of these stories are “underhanded Dem tactics” as you say or what Brietbart has labeled “left-wing fake news”. Reince Priebus was quoted by ABC News the day before this article with “The entire report is based on unnamed sources who are perhaps doing something they shouldn’t be doing by speaking to reporters or speaking out of line…” Yet this article has this quote from a so-so named source: “There shouldn’t be any doubt in anybody’s mind,” Adm. Michael S. Rogers, the director of the National Security Agency and commander of United States Cyber Command, said at a postelection conference. “This was not something that was done casually, this was not something that was done by chance, this was not a target that was selected purely arbitrarily,” he said. “This was a conscious effort by a nation-state to attempt to achieve a specific effect.” Now I’ve also read National Review, The American Conservative, hell, even Hassinger here all using that delegitimize buzzword. But the worst thing Trump’s advisors could do at this point is to continue disavowing that this is an issue. There is nothing or anywhere other than fake news sites indicating any involvement of the Trump team. It appears all he did was accept the hearty endorsements of Putin and I realize it will be difficult to back down from that heat-of-the-campaign reaction. Especially since the man seems to do this type of thing with a snap judgement sometimes without considering the full political ramifications. If this goes on without some condemnation from him or his staff however it will only fester and at best any and all future relations with Russia will be suspect. December 14, 2016 9:36 PM Log in to Reply Noway2016 Any comments on the way the Dems screwed Bernie? That was also in the emails. December 14, 2016 10:28 PM Log in to Reply Will Durant You are being deliberately obtuse. I ain’t going down that rabbit hole. December 15, 2016 12:00 AM Bart A similarly interesting read about US influence in a certain foreign election…seems to be an issue facing all countries. Only difference is the US under Obama tried to defeat a leader of a major ally where Russia (if they actually are the culprits) was messing around in a former cold war enemy’s election. http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2016/jul/12/obama-admin-sent-taxpayer-money-oust-netanyahu/ December 14, 2016 12:54 PM Log in to Reply David C Did you actually read the substance of the article? There’s a vast difference between a civil society grant that unintentionally goes to electioneering because someone failed to put conditions on it, and a deliberate act of espionage against a foreign power. If Obama was trying to defeat Netanyahu, a six-figure grant to an obscure activist group isn’t how you do it. December 14, 2016 3:50 PM Log in to Reply Dave Bearse The column was comprehensive and you weren’t kidding about the length. December 14, 2016 4:03 PM Log in to Reply Andrew C. Pope Comrade Kingston in Moscow bragging on Trump… Maybe he’s trying to persuade Putin to hack the 2018 governor’s race. http://www.npr.org/2016/12/14/505581348/trumps-men-in-moscow-trump-disciples-suddenly-showing-up-in-russia?utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=politics&utm_medium=social&utm_term=nprnews December 14, 2016 8:37 PM Log in to Reply Will Durant “Trump can look at sanctions. They’ve been in place long enough,” Kingston told NPR in Moscow. “Has the desired result been reached? He doesn’t have to abide by the Obama foreign policy. That gives him a fresh start.” Yeah, it has been two whole years since that little farce in Crimea. Less than that on the MH17 shoot down, Russian special forces acting as Ukrainian rebels… And those pesky sanctions were not just “Obama foreign policy” but also agreed upon by the UN. Also the G8 had six other members voting on their ouster. We now have “Conservatives” and former Republican hawks encouraging that we soften up on Russia and that misunderstood teddy bear Putin. Should we strike up The World Turned Upside Down? December 15, 2016 12:16 AM Log in to Reply Noway2016 Remove all sharp objects from Libs homes. Russia didn’t hack s–t! Disgruntled American did. Blows that Narrative to Kingdom Come! Lol! http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4034038/Ex-British-ambassador-WikiLeaks-operative-claims-Russia-did-NOT-provide-Clinton-emails-handed-D-C-park-intermediary-disgusted-Democratic-insiders.html December 14, 2016 9:24 PM Log in to Reply Will Durant Yep. Thank you for the laugh. An “as told to” article in a British tabloid. Sure blows that FBI, CIA, NSA… “Narrative to Kingdom Come!” December 14, 2016 10:03 PM Log in to Reply Benevolus Disconnection from reality- as well as bullying, racism, and general a-holishness- is now legitimized, protected, and aspirational. 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