February 2, 2017 6:00 AM HomePoliticsMorning Reads – Thursday, February 2, 2017 Morning Reads – Thursday, February 2, 2017 By Jessica Szilagyi Politics 33 Comments On this date in 1962, the 8th and 9th planets aligned for the first time in 400 years. Peaches Another ruling for third party presidential candidates in Georgia Delta has it so hard with all their billions in profit A change in state pipeline rules coming down the pipeline? Fatigued on the medical cannabis issue? Too bad. State and federal laws clash on campus assaults Oh…and don’t forget about this for Superbowl weekend Jimmy Carter Vatican newspaper lines up against Trump Mayor calls protesters “freaking morons” in public meeting H.W. will toss the Superbowl coin Sweet Tea Equal pay for cheerleaders… Facebook has to pay out for damages …it makes us jealous anyway Good looking AND a voice of reason Liberty Drum When the government is to blame for a flood. Yesterday’s House Daily Report Today’s Senate Rules Calendar Share this:TwitterFacebookTumblrRedditEmailPrint Related About Author Jessica Szilagyi 33 Comments xdog Nice take on Delta. Maybe you can follow up with a story about the Koch brothers suffering so mightily under the Obama regime. February 2, 2017 7:13 AM Log in to Reply Saltycracker I think we should exempt Delta from state income taxes saving everyone a lot of money on paperwork. February 2, 2017 7:32 AM Log in to Reply Saltycracker A left leaning rag pushes the Oscars be cancelled because of Trump’s immigration position knowing it will not because the Academy wants the money………is that a teaser ? http://www.vox.com/culture/2017/1/31/14426858/cancel-the-oscars February 2, 2017 7:27 AM Log in to Reply John Vestal The planets were apparently 5 days behind in 1962. (Or I was born 5 days early.) February 2, 2017 7:42 AM Log in to Reply Saltycracker So, when can Italy expect Vatican City to declare as a sanctuary city and the Vatican cut loose a few billion for the local refugee problem ? February 2, 2017 8:06 AM Log in to Reply The Dixie Cheetomonger talk about casting the first stone February 2, 2017 9:17 AM Log in to Reply Ellynn Vatican City is a country. It has no legal standing with country of Italy. It’s church is already a sanctuary. It also underwrites and guides one of the larger organized charities supporting, feeding and helping to find homes for refugees. http://www.caritas.org/ February 2, 2017 10:46 AM Log in to Reply Saltycracker Yes, Vatican City is the name of a country so correct that to read sanctuary country surrounded by Italy. How many Muslim refugees are in that country and how much is that country donating specifically for the refugees entering their surrounding country (not just the worldwide charity of many good good causes)? February 2, 2017 3:26 PM Log in to Reply Sally Forth Inside Vatican City country? February 2, 2017 9:38 PM Log in to Reply Raleigh Ok now tell me again how peaceful, tolerant, and inclusive liberals are. http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Protesters-storm-Milo-Yiannopoulos-event-at-UC-10901829.php February 2, 2017 10:01 AM Log in to Reply Andrew C. Pope The dude is a professional Internet troll with a $250,000 book deal and a following that is based on the massive persecution complex he created for himself and his fellow Nazis. Does he have a right to free speech? Yes. Does the First Amendment prevent the government from infringing his right to free speech? Yes. Does the First Amendment prohibit private citizens from denying him a platform with which to spread his hate speech? Nope. Last I checked, this country used to do a lot worse to Nazis. I bet he called his buddy Steve Bannon and cried like a little snowflake. If he (and now Trump, it seems) are going to get butthurt over this, maybe he shouldn’t say dumb, racist things. As a law professor of mine once said “you have the right to free speech, but you are not free from the consequences of that speech.” February 2, 2017 10:24 AM Log in to Reply Bart Ironic that the campus where the ‘free speech movement’ began has devolved to the current situation where free speech is only accepted if it fits the collective ideology of a leftist student body. Eventually the quiet/tolerant majority is going to reach a boiling point and fight back against these know-nothing, spoiled rotten punks…oops, I mean millenials. February 2, 2017 11:30 AM Log in to Reply Noway2016 “Eventually the quiet/tolerant majority is going to reach a boiling point and fight back…” Agree 1000%. They began this “fight back” by electing Trump! February 2, 2017 11:36 AM Log in to Reply Benevolus So where is the tolerant campus that would/should welcome the racist Yianappolis? You gotta give Berkeley credit for trying. February 2, 2017 11:50 AM Log in to Reply Raleigh Why bless your heart. I see that I made an error and forgot to put a question mark at the end so I understand your confusion. I’ll correct that now. Ok now tell me again how peaceful, tolerant, and inclusive liberals are? I agree with your professor that you are not free from the consequences of your speech but tell me when will the Berkeley snowflakes be held accountable for damaging others property? Protesting is one thing but a riot is another thing entirely. February 2, 2017 11:32 AM Log in to Reply Andrew C. Pope From all the reports I’ve read, there was a large peaceful crowd out before the event and some anti-fascist agitators came and ratcheted up the violence (doubtlessly the same type of folks who broke windows in DC two weeks ago). Nowhere in my response did I endorse property damage and they should pay for repairs and restitution if they’re identified and so charged. Don’t know why I’m bothering with the straw man you constructed, but alas. February 2, 2017 12:01 PM Log in to Reply Sally Forth “Anti-fascist”?? LOL-ROTF! The alt-left mob shutting down free speech by anyone who doesn’t agree with them is the very definition of fascism. And Milo is a gay Jewish Brit — multi-level discrimination, homophobia, xenophobia, and hate violence by the jerks. February 2, 2017 9:56 PM Benevolus Maybe you should invite him to speak at your next neighborhood meeting. February 2, 2017 10:27 PM Andrew C. Pope He’s gay but publicly states that gay rights are detrimental to humanity and wants gay men “back in the closet.” So yeah, the protesters are the ones who are homophobic. Milo is a professional Internet troll who makes his living provoking outrage. He wants these things to happen because the ensuing “conservative persecution complex” will drive up book sales and Internet traffic. In a way, it’s a more active, extreme version of what Hannity, Limbaugh, Savage, D’Souza et. al. do… convince dumb white folk that “the Left” is persecuting them and then try and sell them some book or movie that “exposes” their actions. Berkeley took the bait. Milo is doubtlessly pleased, because now he can go on Fox News and cry about how mean ol’ liberals took away his right to free speech. (It’s a real “snowflake” move if you think about it) It used to be that people in this country were celebrated for standing up to Nazis. I don’t agree with the anti-fascists’ methods (well, except that one guy who punched Richard Spencer in the face) or all their causes, but I do support their crusade to deny turd sandwiches like Milo a platform. Seriously Sally, the guy is a douchecanoe that is actively detrimental to the conservative movement. February 3, 2017 6:10 AM bethebalance I always assumed that a number of anarchists slipped into various large protests, just so they had cover for their nefarious intents, but I don’t think anyone would knowingly want anarchists amongst their otherwise peaceful protests. February 2, 2017 11:01 PM Noway2016 “Does the First Amendment prohibit private citizens from denying him a platform with which to spread his hate speech? Nope.” Are you implying Berkeley is private? Do they take any gov’t money? If so, they ain’t private. Next! February 2, 2017 10:29 AM Log in to Reply Andrew C. Pope Berkeley cancelled the event out of concern for public safety (a valid reason). That public safety concern was caused by private protestors and demonstrators. Keep up, Noway February 2, 2017 10:35 AM Log in to Reply Bart UC Berkley took in $370 million in research funds from us, the American taxpayers during the 2015-2016 year. Wonder how much will be needed to replace damaged property at the various research facilities on campus after last night? http://dailycaller.com/2017/02/02/trump-threatens-to-cut-federal-funding-for-uc-berkeley-after-night-of-violence/ February 2, 2017 12:34 PM Log in to Reply Benevolus $370M to study the effects that the rainbow flag has on the American psyche? Ridiculous. February 3, 2017 8:10 AM Log in to Reply Noway2016 Did the Repubs vote the EPA nominee out of committee this am without Dems? February 2, 2017 11:13 AM Log in to Reply The Eiger Yep, the same procedure they used for Price and Mnuchin yesterday. February 2, 2017 11:15 AM Log in to Reply Noway2016 I thought so. Dems are now saying: “Thank you sir, may I have another?” February 2, 2017 12:04 PM Log in to Reply The Eiger I’m just glad that the senate republicans had the balls to call their bluff of not showing up to the hearing and force the nominees out of committee anyway. February 2, 2017 2:17 PM Log in to Reply Noway2016 So true. Senate Committee Dems = Trump’s Chumps! February 2, 2017 2:32 PM Benevolus Awkward? Neil Gorusch founded and led club called ‘Fascism Forever’ Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4182852/Trump-s-SCOTUS-pick-founded-club-called-Fascism-Forever.html#ixzz4XYBODJXk February 2, 2017 12:35 PM Log in to Reply Ellynn Interesting Read… (longish) https://www.washingtonpost.com/posteverything/wp/2017/02/01/refugees-are-already-vigorously-vetted-i-know-because-i-vetted-them/?utm_term=.1fe7d0c6d602 February 2, 2017 1:17 PM Log in to Reply Saltycracker Bill O’Reilly sums it up: https://www.billoreilly.com/b/BOR-Staff-Column:-Dudgeon-Hits-a-New-High/586980580069250573.html?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=StaffColumn In other news: Quote of the month. I don’t know (nor do I care) how many attended Trump’s inauguration. But I can tell you exactly how many people attended Hillary’s inauguration. And that’s the only number that matters. February 2, 2017 3:36 PM Log in to Reply Andrew C. Pope I’m glad Bill was able to take some time away from sexually harassing people to type up a blog post. Please allow me to respond to a few of his points… Rank-and-file Democratic senators totally boycotted committee hearings on two of Donald Trump’s cabinet nominees. Back-bencher Senator Jeff Merkley urged a filibuster of the Supreme Court nominee … before he even knew who it would be! John McCain and Ted Cruz proposed blocking Clinton’s Supreme Court nominee for 4 whole years without even knowing who it would be. Republicans were threatening a filibuster of Obama’s eventual selection before Scalia’s body was even cold. So please, spare me the histrionics about a filibuster threat. On campus, a college professor got his 15 minutes by claiming Tom Brady is less of a patriot, or Patriot, than Colin Kaepernick. Why? Because Brady once donned a ‘Make America Great Again’ cap. No, Brady had the cap in his locker and then got all pissy when reporters started asking him questions about Donald Trump. Kaepernick spoke out publicly on his political beliefs and didn’t shy away from them. Brady being a wimp, in addition to being a terrible quarterback, spoke out and then retreated into a hole when he experienced the slightest bit of push back. And we all saw what happened Wednesday evening when a gay, Trump-supporting provocateur named Milo Yiannopoulos tried to speak at Berkeley. Students at that former capital of the Free Speech Movement tried to burn the place down! So “provocateur” is the term we’re using to someone who mercilessly harasses women online, publishes nude photos of them, and directs his legion of mouth-breathing followers to further harass them? I guess he’s just being “provocative” when he espouses his white supremacist and misogynistic beliefs. A Nazi is a Nazi, Bill. Don’t sugar coat it. There are some very telling numbers that demonstrate the level of Democratic umbrage. On January 21st, 2009, President Obama’s first full day in office, Hillary Clinton was confirmed to be secretary of state by a vote of 94 – 2. Attorney General Eric Holder, a career ideologue, was approved 75 – 21. That was because Obama won the popular vote by nearly 10 million votes and won the electoral college by a bigger margin than Donny Smallhands. Also, the Russian government didn’t intervene in the election to boost Obama’s chances, nor was there any indication that Obama’s staff had back channel communications with the Kremlin. There’s also the whole thing about Clinton actually have foreign affairs experience qualifying her for the job of Secretary of State and Eric Holder not saying a whole bunch of racist stuff back in the day. I mean, maaaaybe that might explain the difference. February 2, 2017 4:27 PM Log in to Reply Add a Comment Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.