Morning Reads for Wednesday, January 25th

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Lesser Places

Keep your heads, everyone. Things can’t continue at this tone for long.

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xdog
xdog

My head is OK but my gut is a little queasy and it’s only been five days.

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

The sweet meteor of death can’t come soon enough.

auh2o
auh2o

More in 72 hours than previous occupant in 8 years.

xdog
xdog

That’s the kind of measured and reasoned reply I’ve been hearing a lot of.

Wait, I want to be open and collegial because we’re told we have to put on a happy face and work with the new regime, so strike that and let me ask, more what?

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

More of what? More petty fights about inaugural crowd sizes? More cheerleaders packed into the front rows of a speech at the CIA? More news stories about how he’s peddling an outright lie about voter fraud? More hookers peeing on mattresses?

Certainly not more jobs… The Obama Administration saved over a million jobs with the auto industry bailout, that’s in addition to the over 800,000 manufacturing jobs saved/created over the course of the administration.

auh2o
auh2o

America first…No TPP, exec orders on wall, mid east refugees on hold, funding cut to sanctuary cities, conservative supreme nominee next week, dow 20k. And it’s just 1030 am. Who knows what comes after lunch

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

TPP – How does ceding leadership in Asia/Pacific trade to China put America First? How does lessening IP protections for American companies and opposing streamlining of supply chains help American companies and consumers? Wall – Has Trump indicated how we’re paying for the wall before Mexico cuts that reimbursement check? Given the GOP’s criticism of Obama-era deficits, I’m curious. MidEast Refugees – What would Jesus say about caring for refugees and why does Trump want to make it harder for Syrian and Iraqi Christians to escape ISIS? Sanctuary cities – Doesn’t cutting funding to major cities (including funding for law… Read more »

gcp
gcp

Dow decreased approximately 9.69% from 11/10/2008 to 01/23/2009 while it increased 6.51 between 11/10/2016 and 01/23/2017.

As to most other issues I will wait for details.

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

The Dow went down during the financial crisis and up during the Obama Recovery? Shocker.

gcp
gcp

It shows markets reacted positively to Trump’s election and negatively to Obama’s election.

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

If we’re picking arbitrary end points, I’ll point out that, in the two months prior to Obama’s election in 2008, the Dow dropped 20%. Again, because arbitrary end points are fun, I’ll remind you the Dow went up 148% under Obama and only 1.6% under Trump.

I guess I’m just surprised Donald Trump would inherit something and then pretend as if he built it.

gcp
gcp

The issue here is the post election rally and its close to 7% under Trump. It may not last long but it’s impressive by any standard.

Not sure where you get “1.6% under Trump”.

gcp
gcp

It shows markets reacted positively to the election of Trump and negatively to the election of Obama.

Benevolus
Benevolus

As if the stock market reaction is something worthy.

Anyway, I think the expectation has been that Trump would be good for Big Business, so yeah, they will be salivating right about now. On the other hand, all this isolationist talk and action might put a bit of a damper on that. Maybe they (investors in Big Business) think they will be able to mitigate the damage that would do to profits. We shall see.

gcp
gcp

I am also concerned about his trade policies but I will wait for details before I criticize.

” As if the stock market reaction is something worthy”. If you got investments in the market you should be concerned about “market reaction”, particularly long term.

NoParty4Me
NoParty4Me

After lunch, we’ll more fun, ‘Alternative Facts’ to distract and distress you while we hope you ignore the dirty work going on behind the curtain. Please exit through the gift shop and enjoy our tariff free imported goods sale.

Ellynn
Ellynn

We need citations please (real ones preferred, but not required).

Saltycracker
Saltycracker

I feel like we found the trail, now let’s see.
But, the ugly wall, the cost to get to work for a lot of immigrants is going up.

Avoiding fixing and enforcing a sensible immigration plan has and will continue to cost us a piece of who we are, a nation of order and respect for our laws.

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

The Braves claim Cobb County taxpayers owe them another $14M for transportation infrastructure. (Using the word improvement would imply, well improvement.)

Tim Lee’s departing gift to 300,000 Cobb households is that they each write a $50 check to a billionaire for the pleasure of congestion.

In the words of Bloomberg, the Braves play taxpayers better than they play ball.

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

The AJC reported Trump is down to three candidates for nomination to the Supreme Court.

Should a nomination to an independent branch of government wait until it can be made by a President that won a plurality of votes?

Bart
Bart

Sure Dave just as soon as we have a new law requiring popular vote to be the deciding factor in presidential elections. Until then, it doesn’t matter.

Ellynn
Ellynn

Thankfully we had a law that said we had to wait until the next election to have a hearing for court nominations.

I read that in a Kellyanne press release, if you need a citation.

(written in Sarcastic font)

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope
Ellynn
Ellynn

There’s a reason they call it the “Applebees Racal Slur” case. There are so many “dude pulled a gun on a guy” cases at the moment, you need other facts to clarify which one is which. Examples – have had “juveniles at Island’s Shell”, “drunk tourist on Bay” “couple robbed in City Market”, “Florida couple attacked in Forsyth”, “Iowa couple attacked at Forsyth”, “Two men held up in Forsyth”, “Students robbed at south end of Forsyth”, Savannah State students held at gunpoint”, “Elderly man attacked for $10”, “Elderly man beaten in parking lot”, “District resident killed walking with wife in… Read more »

Benevolus
Benevolus

If there were more guns around this wouldn’t happen.

Saltycracker
Saltycracker

“Applebee’s racial slur” …..So when it happens on your sidewalk the headlines could be Ellynn’s racial slur ? I would object on your behalf and demand they make it Cheesehead’s………😎

Ellynn
Ellynn

First of all, I have never issued a racial slur knowingly in my life. Second, I have been told by my brother I am the one and only person in America who should never be allowed to carry a firearm based on my ability to hit a boat directly behind me while aiming at a target 50 feet in front of me, (he’s confident the NRA will support this ban) so I don’t carry for the safety of all around me. Thus, the chances of my pulling out a gun in a heated argument while screaming a racial slur while… Read more »

Saltycracker
Saltycracker

“Never issued a racial slur” – “over the head” sarcasm was, neither has Applebee’s…….

Ellynn
Ellynn

I did catch that… However; the legal name is Applebee’s. Thus Applebees or Applebee would still be incorrect.

xdog
xdog

Butch Trucks, Allman Brothers Band drummer and co-founder, has died.
http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/butch-trucks-allman-brothers-founding-member-dead-at-69-w462870

Benevolus
Benevolus

Sad. We’ll miss him. One of the all-time great bands.

auh2o
auh2o

Trump said massive illegals voting. Press says investigate it. Trumps says ok. Pelosi complains about proposed inquiry. Why?

NoParty4Me
NoParty4Me

“Trump said massive illegals voting” Yuge, millions illegaly voted – sounds like grounds to nullify election. LOL

Ellynn
Ellynn

Got a link?

We like links here.

Benevolus
Benevolus

I don’t know but I can guess: – I think elections are a state thing. – First he says the election is rigged, then he says it’s legit, now he says it’s not. Are we going to have an investigation every time he feels slighted? – If he’s got evidence to support his claim he should definitely turn it over to the appropriate authority. Otherwise, this is BS. Fake news you might say. – If he wants to dump a bunch of money on the states so they can clean up their voter rolls then he don’ need no stinkin’… Read more »

NoParty4Me
NoParty4Me

^^ Bazinga!

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Wait. Trump says he has evidence of a massive conspiracy that calls into question the legitimacy of our democracy? Well obviously we need to believe him, he’s never lied to us about something like this before.

Benevolus
Benevolus

I know, right?
But it makes me think that we are going to need some way to distinguish between alternative facts and satire/sarcasm. We’re back to having to consider the messenger rather than the message.

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Pretty simple… Trump is a pathological liar with a basket full of personality disorders.

Conway and Spicer are so desperate for money and validation that they’ll peddle whatever atrocious falsehood they’re told to.

bethebalance
bethebalance

it’s that last one benev, that got me worried when i read it, bc it’s plausible that any such investigation can be used improperly. federal election oversight is power over states’ administration of elections.

bethebalance
bethebalance

couldn’t find anything abt Pelosi complaining.
saw a piece where she said she felt sad for him bc of his obvious insecurity.

auh2o
auh2o

“A nation without borders is not a nation.” President Donald J Trump

Ellynn
Ellynn

https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/border
I think your shooting for definition no. 4. Although I do like the explamble listed under no. 3.

https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/boundary
If you need additional clarification on what is a border and a bounty.

bethebalance
bethebalance

that line is simplistic pandering that gets ’em drinkin the kool aid. a nation is defined foremost by its people. by its culture. so many other more important things. political boundaries are a small piece, resulting from the intermittent historical conflict or agreement between neighboring peoples. so DJT is just using the border as a political football, monopolizing on feelings of stress and conflict. What makes America great is not that we can build good fences, even if that’s what must be done. as for nations without borders, there’s plenty of those, too, like “Iroquois Nation”, a phrasing used by… Read more »

Saltycracker
Saltycracker

Enjoy – Clinton was dead on – what a difference today

https://www.c-span.org/video/?c4351026/clinton-1995-immigration-sotu