June 30, 2017 6:50 AM HomePoliticsMorning Reads for Friday, June 30, 2017 Morning Reads for Friday, June 30, 2017 By Ginny Politics 54 Comments Six Flags turns 50. Yay! More grocery choices. Yeah sure, but will it have a biergarten? The play-by-play. The burning heap of the Russia narrative. Lots of ideas here. Oh, boy. Watch for those icebergs! No laptops for you! Monticello hit by ransomware attack. Vinyl making a comeback! Greta moves on. MTA in big trouble. I’ve ridden it, and agree. Blogger wins! At least, for now. Obsess. Obsess. Obsess. Dark Shadows is 51 this year. Tell the younglings the story… Share this:TwitterFacebookTumblrRedditEmailPrint Related About Author Ginny Get off my lawn. 54 Comments Noway2016 Dark Shadows was The Bomb. Rushing home from primary and elementary school, sitting in front of the TV at 3:30 (Chattanooga station) and 4:00 (Atlanta – repeat). Angelique easily beat Ginger and Mary Ann! Vampires, werewolves, witches, warlocks, time travel…what’s not to love? The Johnny Depp movie was an abortion. They had the opportunity to make a really scary flick…and blew it! I watched it again in the mid 90’s on Sci Fi channel! June 30, 2017 7:35 AM Log in to Reply John Vestal For many years, I was constantly haunted by a random woodgrain pattern in the veneer of a closet sliding door in our house that reminded me of the image of Angelique pulling back that hood to reveal her transformation into “old woman” Angelique. Drove my mom crazy, because she never understood why I insisted on leaving that door opened, hiding that image. June 30, 2017 7:47 AM Log in to Reply Ginny That’s an awesome story. June 30, 2017 11:15 AM Log in to Reply Noway2016 That whole series inspired great stories! I had the plastic fangs, too! Lol! That theme music is still the best ever! June 30, 2017 11:55 AM Log in to Reply John Vestal As a young child who would not become near-sighted until my very late teens, I was comfortably able to watch Dark Shadows from behind a chair at the far end of the room from the TV. Also, you simply don’t find many folks naming their kids “Barnabas” any more. June 30, 2017 7:41 AM Log in to Reply DrMonicaHenson I used to walk home from elementary school and hide in the hallway while my mother watched Dark Shadows. I would stick my head in the doorway and watch too, completely terrified. One of my favorite memories. June 30, 2017 1:26 PM Log in to Reply Noway2016 Barnabus was a genuine badass. You should watch the House of Dark Shadows movie, which was a lot more bloody! June 30, 2017 7:53 AM Log in to Reply Benevolus Pretty nice compilation of stories… except for the political ones. Judge Napolitano? Really? June 30, 2017 8:11 AM Log in to Reply Ginny I am merely the gatherer of stories and tales. June 30, 2017 11:10 AM Log in to Reply Ellynn I was waiting for the Ace of Spades link. On the other hand, you gave us Vox, so I will over look, I mean read, the Napolitano one… just to keep it all balanced. 😉 June 30, 2017 12:55 PM Log in to Reply FreeDuck Would love to hear Secretary Kemp comment on Kobach’s request for voter rolls and voting histories. http://www.businessinsider.com/trump-voter-fraud-investigation-election-kris-kobach-2017-6 June 30, 2017 10:06 AM Log in to Reply Andrew C. Pope Didn’t Kemp already give that information away a couple years ago? I’m sure Kobach could just track down a copy of the CD. June 30, 2017 10:15 AM Log in to Reply Dave Bearse I don’t know that Trump has privately been a misogynist with his family, but its quite plausible based on Trump’s creepy public remarks about Ivanka and objectification of Melania. Melania can take solace in the money that buys sycophants and privacy. The GOP establishment’s political correctness is laughable—more of the we’re against it except when we’re for it. The GOP establishment hasn’t and won’t do anything other than mouth disapproval of Trump’s remarks—only when it’s unavoidable. Trump made it clear he was below the dignity of the Office when campaigning, so gutless wonders like Orrin Hatch complaining now must be doing so to appease the women in their families. Make America Great Again. Insult a woman! June 30, 2017 10:38 AM Log in to Reply Noway2016 Did the steady stream of unsults from Joe and Mika bother you this much, too? June 30, 2017 11:59 AM Log in to Reply Andrew C. Pope Joe and Mika aren’t the President of the United States. Barack Obama was the target of a racist conspiracy theory alleging he wasn’t born in the United States. He was accused of being a Muslim, loyal to terrorists, a secret johadist, and engaged in a campaign to destroy the Constitution. Goons like Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity insulted him, his wife, his daughters. Hannity even offered to fly them “back to Kenya.” Did Barack Obama resort to childish responses? No. That’s because Barack Obama is a grown man. George W. Bush was treated worse than Trump has been. Did W. resort by demeaning a woman’s personal appearance? No. That’s because W. is a grown man. I could go low when it comes to Trunp. I could say how Trump commenting on a woman’s looks and personal appearance is ironic considering that he looks like a Cheeto that’s been lodged between couch cushions for over a decade. I could tweet about how the pathetic state of his rotund body makes me sad. I could point out how he’s so horrendously fat that he drives his golf cart on the green to avoid walking all of 5 feet. I could point out his tiny hands, his fake tan, his faker hair, his idiotic preference for KFC over Popeyes, or the disgusting meat sack he calls a body. I won’t do that, however, because I’m 100x the man Donald Trump could ever be. June 30, 2017 1:09 PM Log in to Reply Noway2016 So, much like your insult laced diatribe, when Joe and Mika utter similar verbal diarrhea, Trump shouldn’t respond? Yeah, right! New sheriff fights back and doesn’t appreciate or put up with any more sh-t . From any-damn- body! Good for him. June 30, 2017 1:49 PM Log in to Reply bethebalance It’s not that the Pres. can’t fight back. It’s how it’s done that matters. It can be done in a mature, substantive way that upholds the dignity and respectworthiness of the office. June 30, 2017 1:58 PM Andrew C. Pope It wasn’t an insult-laced diatribe. I said that I “could” say those things about the President. I didn’t actually say them. There’s a difference. The Office of the President of the United States magnifies the individual that occupies it. If you’re someone who uses bravado and ego to cover up massive personal insecurity before becoming President, that insecurity will only grow and the measures you take to compensate for it will only become more extreme once you’re actually in office. Trump’s need to respond to every perceived slight isn’t him refusing to “put up with any more sh-t,” it’s a response born of deep, longstanding insecurity. The people he lashes out against are the people he has always striven to impress, the people’s whose approval he has always sought. In his head, Trump is still the kid from Queens whose daddy shipped him off to boarding school and loved his brother more than him. To use your sheriff analogy, Trump is the sheriff who drives a suped-up, blacked-out, Charger with an extra large engine and extra loud siren. The sheriff that carries a .50 cal desert eagle and wears an oversized badge with a bunch of fake pins on his uniform. The sheriff that makes degrading comments about the female deputies behind their backs and who calls them terms like “darling,” “sugar,” and “babe.” The sheriff that roughs-up pickpockets and low-level drug users just to “show ’em who the boss is.” The sheriff that gets mad at local reporters that run critical stories. The sheriff that is always in front of every TV camera he sees. The sheriff who acts like a gigantic douche because he’s trying to compensate for a lifetime of never amounting to anything. June 30, 2017 2:11 PM Ellynn So what you saying is the President is doing an impersonation of Sheriff Clark of Milwaukee County Wisconsin? June 30, 2017 5:08 PM rickday Whataboutism much? classic soviet deflection fallacy. I never took you for a Soviet sympathiser…wait… Good grief… are you so media cultish that you think anyone other than the radical right cares about some cable TV talking heads? July 1, 2017 3:14 PM bethebalance Fried chicken is serious business. Don’t mess with Big Chicken. June 30, 2017 1:56 PM Log in to Reply rickday Bo Jangles makes the best chicken. Also Lucy’s Fried Chicken in Ellijay. Best in North GA is no doubt the Village Restaurant in Blue Ridge. July 1, 2017 3:16 PM Ellynn This started to air yesterday for the July 4th holiday. I’m a sucker for genealogy. I find it amazing who a person’s progeny is. https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=ancestory+ad+decleration+of+indepenants&&view=detail&mid=84F79E10D78489E9B23184F79E10D78489E9B231&FORM=VRDGAR June 30, 2017 1:02 PM Log in to Reply bethebalance Stefan Passantino facing a challenge already. http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/white-house-ethics-office-asked-to-investigate-trumps-top-ethics-staffer-report/article/2627519 Hindsight wisdom suggests he should have not involved himself in this decision re: Icahn, even if his assessment was correct. But ethics is such a deep grey area that this will also probably get swept under the rug. June 30, 2017 2:09 PM Log in to Reply Noway2016 Why, praytell, would states like California refuse to cooperate with Trump’s investigation into illegals voting?! Too much voter fraud, maybe?? It’s fun watchung the entire dem/lib/socialist world begin to literally crumble! June 30, 2017 5:07 PM Log in to Reply Benevolus Good question. I think you should ask Kris Kobach, who is the Sec. of State of Kansas, and the vice-chair of the “Election Integrity (sic) Commission”. So he’s not providing the information to his own commission. http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/kris-kobach-bogus-election-integrity-commission June 30, 2017 5:24 PM Log in to Reply Ellynn The secondary headline of linked article (I know your not going to read it Noway, because it does not fit your personal narrative) is ‘How Kris Kobach, the Kansas secretary of state, plans to remake America through restrictive voting and immigration laws’. Now take the words ‘voting and immigration’ and replace it with ‘gun and gun owner’. Do you agree with having a national list of all votes/guns and voters/gun owners personal info, when and who/where they voted/fired and the type of vote/gun used, placed in a questionable database, not knowing how it will be used, if it will be used as stated, whether it is even in a secured database, and since it is an executive order, it is can be used any way the executive branch feels like? Are you okay that the commission has no regard for the constitutionality of voter/gun rights? Are you okay running over the 10th/2nd amendment? That’s why handing over voter lists is a bad thing. Kansas has had 1 convicted voter fraud case. In the case of voting, should we not uphold the same level of doubt and possible guilt as we do suspected breakers of laws? To paraphrase Blackstone’s ratio , “All presumptive evidence of (voter fraud) should be admitted cautiously; for the law holds it better that ten guilty (voters) escape, than that one innocent (voter) suffer.” https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/13/magazine/the-man-behind-trumps-voter-fraud-obsession.html?_r=0 June 30, 2017 10:34 PM Log in to Reply Ellynn And less we forget, this commission exists as a responds to a false premise tweeted by the President because he refused to believe he did not receive the most votes – even though he still won the election. If President Trump really wanted to look into fraud, why not investigate if the state voter rolls were changed or had voters removed when an estimated 39 states were hatched by Russian as reported by the DHS. Why not investigate how secure county level systems are to hacking? That sounds like a better use of tax payer dollars. June 30, 2017 10:59 PM Log in to Reply Andrew C. Pope If Kobach’s goal is anything other than kicking Democrats off the voter roles, why is he asking for party affiliation as part of this request? This is a man who has loudly, for years, complained about federal involvement in state election administration. Shoot, Brian Kemp, who so bravely called out DHS, seems poised to just hand this over to Kobach and Pence. I’m getting the sense that Republicans’ teeth gnashing about “government overreach” only applies when they aren’t the ones running the government. July 1, 2017 1:52 AM Log in to Reply Benevolus This is how fascism looks, isn’t it? You’ve got a leader whose capability doesn’t matter but his cult of personality is supreme. He surrounds himself with those who also may or may not be capable but they MUST be loyal- to him, not the country. The nationalist spirit is primary even at the expense of our place of leadership in the world. Then, if you were going to sustain your fascist regime, you would start screwing with the electoral process so that opponents had no realistic chance of challenging. Say what you will about Trump’s tweets, or his mental state, but this the line that we must not cross. How is it possible that this “commission” can ask for information that most states aren’t permitted to provide? It’s like the Marx Brothers. July 1, 2017 8:23 AM Log in to Reply Dave Bearse That Trump cares not a whit about Russian interference with the election, and neither does most of the establishment GOP beyond mouthing concern—it’s the leaks!!!—and that Trump is pursuing the joke of millions of fraudulent votes with the complicity of the GOP establishment, is evidence the GOP places winning and maintaining power over the the interests of the country and world. And they’re proud of that. July 1, 2017 12:41 PM Log in to Reply Ellynn The “dem/lib/socialist” bastions of Texas and Oklahoma have joined the resistance to the Kobach request. http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_VOTING_COMMISSION_OKOL-?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2017-07-01-02-24-06 July 1, 2017 1:19 PM Log in to Reply xdog Mississippi’s SoS, a goper, said “In the event I were to receive correspondence from the Commission … My reply would be: They can go jump in the Gulf of Mexico and Mississippi is a great State to launch from.” June 30, 2017 7:21 PM Log in to Reply Noway2016 Lotta squalling going on from GP’s In-House Socialist Quartet. Somehow the phrase, “Methinks The Lady ( and Snowflakes) Doth Protest Too Much.” Dem voter fraud is rampant and has been for decades. Trump’s gonna find it. Libs will be convicted for it and will join Hilly, Comey and Loe-retta in the clink. Life is ridiculously good!!!! July 1, 2017 4:19 PM Log in to Reply Noway2016 Already saw this one….on 24! President Palmer survived!! LMAO!!! Serious, grave mental disease!!! Libs are in the corner catatonic, almost, blowing spit bubbles!!! http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4655964/Democrats-lay-foundation-remove-Trump-mental-grounds.html July 1, 2017 7:12 AM Log in to Reply Ellynn This is good follow up read to the original 60 Minutes piece. http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2017/06/30/colorado-springs-libertarian-experiment-america-215313?cmpid=sf July 1, 2017 1:10 PM Log in to Reply Ellynn A historical on FBI directors post Hoover confronting presidents. http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/how-donald-trump-misunderstood-the-fbi/ar-BBDkuWx?li=BBmkt5R&ocid=spartanntp July 1, 2017 1:46 PM Log in to Reply Noway2016 You doing anything fun for the 4th, Sis? July 1, 2017 1:55 PM Log in to Reply Ellynn I am hanging out in the land of beer and cheese. Large family reunion on mom’s side every 4th. Estimated 120 of the 500 plus cousins. Great grandmother was 1 of 17 – with 12 having children. July 3, 2017 6:39 PM Log in to Reply Noway2016 Y’all might want to join Trump tonight at the Kennedy Center to celebrate our veterans! 8 pm! July 1, 2017 7:23 PM Log in to Reply Noway2016 An inspirational speech!!! A walk off grand slam! July 1, 2017 9:30 PM Log in to Reply Noway2016 Fox News this am mentioned something I might not have known or maybe just forgot. Trump once clothes-lined Vince McMahon on Wrestle Mania. I Googled it and just howled watching! Symbolism being what it is, this is a perfect metaphor for what Trump is doing to Dems and liberalism. Enjoy… July 2, 2017 10:18 AM Log in to Reply Will Durant I presume that was the clip used for the animated GIF he tweeted this morning in yet another “unpresidented” tweet. This one superimposes the CNN logo over the person’s face he is assaulting. Never has the phrase that you should respect the office even if you don’t respect the officeholder been more appropriate. Although pro rasslin’ is certainly an excellent metaphor for this President on many different levels. July 2, 2017 2:32 PM Log in to Reply Noway2016 Ok. I hadn’t seen that yntil your post. Having said that, Trump and Noway think alike! Great minds?! July 2, 2017 2:40 PM Log in to Reply Benevolus I’ll go along with the “think alike” part. Thete’s not much evidence that Trump does what he does because he thinks it’s good for the country. I think he does it because it is good for Brand Trump. Maybe he assumes that is automatically good for the country. And just “fulfilling campaign promises” is no excuse either. That’s not leadership. July 2, 2017 3:01 PM Log in to Reply Noway2016 Ok. Quit hyperventilating. That clip was from 2007. And get a sense of humor, for cryin’ out loud!! July 2, 2017 2:51 PM Log in to Reply Noway2016 Drew, what say you?!?! Lol! July 2, 2017 2:58 PM Log in to Reply Andrew C. Pope I say that Trump in his Quaalude-induced dementia forgot how that match ended, with him getting dropped like a sack of potatoes by a Stone Cold Stunner. https://twitter.com/JasonKirkSBN/status/881517321541619712 *Note how awful he is at selling the move. Noway, since you’re fond of juvenile GIFs, this is how I think Mueller’s investigation will end: https://twitter.com/McJesse/status/881533437148098560 July 3, 2017 9:34 AM Dave Bearse Yeah, Trump has certainly pivoted since then. July 2, 2017 3:02 PM Log in to Reply Will Durant The insipid tweet was from his own twitter account this morning. Whether in jest or not he certainly has found a way for the rest of the free world to laugh at their purported leader. Even moreso from our enemies. July 2, 2017 5:19 PM Log in to Reply Noway2016 I appreciate your furrowed brow and the contemplative rubbing of your chin, Will, but it ain’t Trump who’s being laughed at. It’s the fake, feckless and weinie-fied press and The Left, who continues to be ground into pieces under Trump’s boot!! July 2, 2017 5:30 PM Will Durant Oh I’m fine with comedies. I laughed out loud several times viewing Idiocracy. The realization that we may be hitting it 500 years sooner than predicted has kind of harshed my mellow. Next up President Dwayne Elizondo Mountain Dew Herbert Camacho? July 2, 2017 6:55 PM Benevolus Soldiers are supposed to just follow orders. But that’s why we have civilian control of the military- the Founders understood that someone needs to be able to question authority. We are fast approaching the moment when those civilian leaders are going to have to choose. July 2, 2017 7:41 PM Log in to Reply bethebalance I think there is clearly a reality that is going unspoken among Senate Republicans- which is with a few exceptions liike Rand Paul, they like the existence of the individual insurance marketplace. It makes sense. It’s an actual market, which aligns with the market-driven ideology. They can’t outright say the like it because they’ve been bashing it for years, but the way the bill is written indicates the marketplace is not being written off. I predict some pretty good spin that will allow MoC to save face when they wind up passing a bill that modifies, rather than eliminates, the marketplace. July 3, 2017 12:29 PM Log in to Reply Add a Comment Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.