Morning Reads for International Pasta Day (October 25th)

Good morning, and happy International Pasta Day! I’m going to celebrate today with this charred lemon pappardelle and shrimp recipe. Not your thing? These are also awesome:

Cajun Chicken Pasta
Pasta and Meatballs
Caprese Mac & Cheese

Enjoy! Now for the real reason you’re here:

Pat Conroy

A quick, political history of Kennesaw State that explains the current brouhaha.
Microplastics have invaded the Georgia coast.
Augusta is unsure if it’s still making consumer packaging.
Kasim Reed is not amused over the recent Fannie Mae decision.
Chris Riley wishes the Republicans running for governor would put the good of Georgia first.
How the school-to-prison pipeline works.

Alice Walker

Jeff Flake has peaced out of the Senate. His speech, annotated.
Meanwhile in the House, Paul Ryan says tax reform will arrive before your traditional turkey dinner.
Pew sees Americans as split into eight political groups. (Quiz alert!)
It’s no longer just New York where the rent is too d*** high.
The company to get the power back on in Puerto Rico is… Whitefish Energy? Yeah, about that
Using John Kelly’s recent comments to argue for a reinstatement of the draft.
Mission in Niger was “routine and common” foreign internal defense.
Russia has derailed the investigation into Syria’s sarin gas attack.

Flannery O’Connor

The Kennesaw dude looks like a lady.
Hurricanes? Floridians ain’t bothered.
Throwing flags at Donald Trump will get you arrested.

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evergreentree
evergreentree

“But overall, black students of all genders are disproportionately disciplined in school — though they actually do not misbehave more than their peers.” The people who claim that do so by only citing studies favorable to their point of view. And in the process they deftly avoid the issue of how this “disproportionate discipline” also occurs in schools with mostly black teachers and administrators. “Chris Riley wishes the Republicans running for governor would put the good of Georgia first” Eh. That will happen when Democrats in any number of enclaves do the same. Which brings me to the KSU nonsense.… Read more »

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

it would behoove those representing it – which includes the cheerleaders … to put the good of KSU first Lol at the notion cheerleaders care, or should care, about town and gown issues. They’re engaging in protected First Amendment speech (something I laid out last week when correcting the multiple inaccuracies in your last KSU post). If their exercise of their Constitutional rights makes people upset, so be it. Last I checked, we have a First Amendment because the framers felt it necessary to protect the right to protest and present grievances without fear of government reprisal or censorship. Having… Read more »

Benevolus
Benevolus

MLK had some thoughts on protesting: “I have almost reached the regrettable conclusion that the Negro’s great stumbling block in his stride toward freedom is not the White Citizen’s Counciler or the Ku Klux Klanner, but the white moderate, who is more devoted to “order” than to justice; who prefers a negative peace which is the absence of tension to a positive peace which is the presence of justice; who constantly says: “I agree with you in the goal you seek, but I cannot agree with your methods of direct action”; who paternalistically believes he can set the timetable for… Read more »

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

I admire evergreentree’s commitment to routinely getting proven wrong.

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Pasta day? Sounds like I’m making carbonara tonight.

https://cooking.nytimes.com/recipes/12965-spaghetti-carbonara

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

I said last year that establishment GOP politicians weren’t going to stand up to Trump until their re-elections were in jeopardy. Corker and Flake are indicators that that point is being reached.

Ellynn
Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

I think Flake, Corker, and others are trying to separate their version of conservatism (reducing regulation, lower taxes, “family values”) from the resentment, ignorance, bigotry, and xenophobia Trump has channeled and built his political popularity on. The problem is, as 2016 showed, I don’t think the traditional Republican agenda – tax cuts for the wealthy and de-regulating Wall Street, big corporations, etc. – is actually that popular. As the 2016 Presidential primary showed us (and as Alabama has confirmed to us) white resentment and white grievance is what animates the party’s base at this point. Trump ran against mainstream Republicans… Read more »

Benevolus
Benevolus

I hope you’re right, because the alternative- to those of us who see fascist storm clouds on the horizon- is that these guys are replaced with Trumpian fascists, and the rest of the incumbents go right along with the crazy train.

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

Though governing, the GOP is decidedly the minority. The incumbents have been going along with the crazy train for months before Trump was elected, and look at what they’ve accomplished.

Noway2016
Ellynn
Ellynn

So this is going on.. . https://parkplanning.nps.gov/projectHome.cfm?projectId=75576 Instead of increasing the budget (and taxes of course), they are just going raise the fees to a park by almost 120%. My parents could not afford family vacations to big cities, laces like Disney or even staying in hotels. But we had an old pop-up camper, a V-8 Chevy without AC and a canoe dad one in a church raffle that we took to almost every major landmark, national park, and national forest in a 800 mile radius of our home. I canoed the White River in the Badlands with my brother,… Read more »

Noway2016
Noway2016

People associated with The Hag lied?!?!?!?!!?!!? I’m shocked! Shocked, I tell you!!!!!!!!!!
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5016865/A-YEAR-Clinton-lies-dirty-dossier-exposed.html

xdog
xdog
Noway2016
Noway2016

They’re digging up William Safire. We need another “congenital liar” utterance…
The campaign commercials against The Libs are almost in the can! Lol!