Morning Reads – November 2, 2017

On this date in 1897, the man who served as the advisor to six presidents was born in Winder, GA. Richard B. Russell, a UGA grad and former Governor of the Peach State, was first elected to the legislature at age 23. He later became a U.S. Senator and championed the school lunch program. His other accomplishments include adding/maintaining 15 military installations in Georgia and 25 research facilities, including the CDC.

Peaches

Jimmy Carter

Sweet Tea

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Will Durant
Will Durant

The US population shift on religion link is busted.

Benevolus
Benevolus

The DNC story- Fox “News” again trying to get people outraged over nothing. It’s really a shame. I wish people could just be less gullible. OK, so it was a stupid statement by the DNC staffer, but you have to get half way into the story to see this: “I personally would prefer that you not forward to cisgender straight white males, as they are already in the majority.” Fox knows most of their readers only read the headline, so this looks like another story of Political Correctness run amok. But it’s not really. It just has some of the… Read more »

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Woah woah woah woah… Are you telling me that paragon of honest journalism, Fox News, distorts information to achieve a partisan agenda? The Fox News? Home to the smartest, most talented man in news, Shawn Hannity? Surely you jest! How can a network that employs intellectual luminaries like Ann Coulter, Tammy Lauren, and Tucker Carlson, be considered biased?

https://www.vox.com/2017/10/31/16579820/mueller-clinton-russia-uranium-manafort-charlie-sykes

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

A campaign manager hasn’t been indicted since Mitchell in the seventies, but Fox’s focus the first two days of this week was the Clinton’s pocketing millions for giving the Russians uranium. Fox devoted 20 minutes to emojis on Monday. Washington Post: “My basic philosophy is, once you have an independent counsel, you ought to give him a chance to follow the facts,” said Sen. Richard C. Shelby (R-Ala.), a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee and the chairman of the subcommittee that handles the Justice Department’s funding. “If somebody’s doing a job, you don’t want to cut it off.”… Read more »

Ellynn
Ellynn

I’m am a fan Of Charlie Sykes. Listened to a lot of local programing on WTMJ radio in the last 25 years. Streamed in his show when I could. Don’t always agree with him, but he uses logic and facts. Wife is a good writer. He also has some of the cutest German Sheppard’s on Twitter.

Noway2016
Noway2016

So, no worries of the no white folks apply statement?

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

It’s one line from a larger email presented out of context by a “news” organization with a long and well-documented history of presenting statements out of context with the intention of riling up the rabid septagenarians that watch their network. Why should anyone have to answer for it? Maybe the DNC wants a staff that reflects the membership of the party? Maybe the tech department is predominately or exclusively white and male (a problem in a lot of IT departments and tech companies). Maybe the staffer is aware that the vast majority of applicants will be cisgendered, straight, white, and… Read more »

Noway2016
Noway2016

Did he make the statement? From your reply, I’m not sure you’re saying whether he made it or not.

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Madeline is s boy’s name now? Furthers my point about Fox writing this for people they knew wont actually read it critically.

I’m not disputing the fact the line was contained in the email. I am disputing the presentation of the line outside of the rest of the email with the intent of inciting a specific reaction from folks like you who can’t be bothered to recall the name of the person who said the statement.

Noway2016
Noway2016

Answered my own wuestion. Read the email quote. Typical that you’d defend an indefensible statement like that. Rascist statement. If a white guy/gal had said don’t forward black resumes, you’d be calling for their head. Hypocritical… But let your side keep saying crap like that. It will widen the percentage of uour side’s defeat.

Noway2016
Noway2016

Read your defense. LMFAO!! You’ll bust my chops because I didn’t know the proper sex of the radcist?! You just need to be quiet on this particular issue…

Benevolus
Benevolus

Noway, racism is the belief in the supremacy of one race over another. Trying to promote diversity in the workplace is not racism.

Benevolus
Benevolus

As I said earlier, it was a stupid thing to say out loud. The staffer was just being lazy and trying to avoid having to sift through a thousand applications that probably weren’t going to get hired. They were aiming for more diversity- that’s a good thing, right? Here is the full sentence: ““I personally would prefer that you not forward to cisgender straight white males, as they are already in the majority.” “Already in the majority”.
So yeah, no worries. Stupid, lazy, but not a scandal.

Noway2016
Noway2016

LMAO! If you say so! The campaign commercial done been written…

Noway2016
Noway2016

Sure it is. Racial discrimination in the employment process is a crime. Just because they are “in the majority” doesn’t allow discrimination.m based on the color of their skin or their sexual identity!!! This ain’t over, Skippy!! EEOC, can you hear me?!?!

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Noway, if you think white men aren’t welcome or aren’t wanted in the Democratic Party then I’ve got a bridge in Brooklyn to sell you.
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I think you’re unwillingly illustrating the point: Fox writes sensational headline, gullible person eats it up without questioning it. Go find her email, where does she say the job isn’t open to white men? I know that asking you to read and comprehend something is pointless, but give it a try.

Raleigh
Raleigh

So just how are we supposed to react to this? Are we to discount it because it was reported from a news service not liked by “progressives”? Maybe because it was not immediately disavowed by the DNC it’s not a big enough deal to be dealt with as you would a similar statement made by the “Other” party. Or maybe it is accepted discrimination because the object of the discrimination is perceived to be out of favor. Then there is my favorite which the manager has to maintain a “quota” of 0% heterosexual straight white males, the alternate meaning of… Read more »

Benevolus
Benevolus

” has to maintain a “quota” of 0% heterosexual straight white males”

Was that in the story? I missed it.

evergreentree
evergreentree

“So just how are we supposed to react to this?” That was a fair question and you did not answer it. Not everyone is going to agree with your politics. And it is not ethical to dictate to those who do not what they should nor shouldn’t be offended by just because it is more convenient to you. I know that this is trite and overdone but I will go ahead: imagine if the shoe was on the other foot and it was the RNC chairman that said something that was even less than a potential violation of the spirit… Read more »

Benevolus
Benevolus

I think I made my point earlier- the headline is not an accurate reflection of that actual story. My point was (as if it’s breaking news) that Fox News knows what triggers passionate responses from their audience. But it’s not news. It’s equivalent to pro wrestling. Even Fox however, has enough self-esteem to print the context somewhere down in the story (sometimes). They just know that most won’t get past the headline and the first paragraph so it doesn’t matter. They can keep repeating the same themes in headlines over and over and it acts like hypnotism. The same concept… Read more »

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Looks like Trump is keeping his promise to hire the “best people.” Sam Clovis, Trump’s nominee for the USDA’s chief scientist position is a talk radio host with no hard science background whatsoever. The post is traditionally held by folks with advanced degrees in science or medicine and the 2008 farm bill specifies that the position should be someone “with specialized training or significant experience in agricultural research, education, and economics.” Clovis has specialized training in none of those topics. You would have thought we’d learned our lesson after Trump University… when Trump says the “best people,” he really means… Read more »

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

You overlooked “excellent guy” oil and energy consultants.

Ellynn
Ellynn

As I was proofing my reply on why Mr. Clovis was not going to even make it to the Senate conformation committee next week (First question, Mr. Clovis do you have or are working on a plead deal with the Mueller investigation?), he withdraws his name….

augusta52
augusta52

With all the flooding Houston experienced a few months ago, congrats to the Astros on winning the World Series…and not taking 5+ hours (like a few nights ago) to win the game! Nice to see a game where the final score was not like a football game!

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

Texan GOP Rep. Jeb Hensarling isn’t seeking re-election. Another senior congressional Republicans heading to the exit after less than a year in a GOP-controlled D.C. Guess the water level in the swamp is getting too low. Adios.

ScottNAtlanta
ScottNAtlanta

Not getting too low but too high…will be a lake soon (Climate Change), and many in the GOP cant swim

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

If the same ratio of 5,000,000 fraudulent votes that occurred nationwide in 2016 occurred in the 6th, Handel may have lost. No worries though, since Trump’s crack vote commission would have uncovered any rampant fraud as it has with respect to the 2016 election.

Besides, Georgia has the integrity of obsolete voting equipment without any paper record, a hacked KSU organization in charge of records with a wiped clean server, and SoS now candidate for Governor Brian Kemp, who office is no longer being defended by the AG because it’s so good at what it does.

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Silly Dave, white people don’t commit voter fraud.

Ellynn
Ellynn
Benevolus
Benevolus

Re: The Donna B. story- I would say that in every election the Party would prefer to have one strong candidate rather than have a primary that burns up a lot of money and creates division. (The divisiveness due to Bernie’s campaign is still being felt.) As she says in the story, if there is an incumbent, they are already in control of the Party anyway. So in this case we have HRC, and Bernie (who I voted for in the primary, btw), who wasn’t even actually a Democrat. So I don’t see a big scandal with HRC’s campaign taking… Read more »

Ellynn
Ellynn

I didn’t say it was a scandal. (why does every thing lately have to be thought of as a scandals and doing illegal stuff) HRC isn’t even the story here in this highlight of Ms. Brazile’s book. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz is the going to be the issue to rank and file Democrats, and how badly she lead the party, basically made decisions unilaterally with out board consent or knowledge. She did no to little fund raising. Part of a chairs job is figuring out how to fund the party.

ScottNAtlanta
ScottNAtlanta

DWS destroyed the DNC. She was about as inept as they come

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

DWS’ lone “skill” is her friendship with Hillary Clinton. She’s an unremarkable legislator, a mediocrity in terms of policy chops, and, as 2008 and 2016 showed, a dunce at the actual politics of politics. I have no clue why she’s a deputy whip. I have no clue why she was put in charge of the DNC in the first place. I have no clue why she continues to get re-elected to Congress. Having said that… Hillary Clinton was the stronger candidate. She would have beaten Sanders in the primary even without the DNC pulling strings. Those are inescapable realities that… Read more »

Ellynn
Ellynn
Ellynn
Ellynn

I wonder… if Rep. Buddy Carter loves the Tax Plan as is and wants it to go forward, as is…

https://www.curbed.com/2017/11/2/16599416/tax-reform-historic-tax-credit-historic-preservation.

Benevolus
Benevolus

One of the mayoral candidates (I can’t remember which one) had suggested that APD needs bigger police cars. I thought this was interesting. But other than SUV’s, I think the only bigger cars than what they are using now are Cadillacs and Lincolns. I think the idea of cops driving Cadillacs is excellent. That would change the image of the city. Cadillac wants to have a more performance oriented image anyway, what better way to achieve that?
Cops in Cadillacs. Let’s do it. (Not sarcastic.)