Morning Reads for Friday, November 17, 2017

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Benevolus
Benevolus

I had a dream. Handmaids Tale came true- but the genders were reversed!

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Yeah, can we just get a Ghostbusters-style reboot of society and put the women in charge?

MattMD_actual
MattMD_actual

That reboot didn’t work out very well.

Nefarious
Nefarious

Ghostbusters 2016 was great, and it’s definitely the second-best Ghostbusters movie that’s been made.

The Eiger
The Eiger

Lies from the pit of hell. Some things do not need to be messed with. Good bourbon, bacon and Bill Murray classics are at the top of the list.

Ellynn
Ellynn

+1000

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

I had read other commentary on the Politico column referenced in the “too many warts” link and the Politico column itself a while back.

It’s called fly-over country for a reason. World War II prosperity provided a veneer for racism and ignorance that never went away. A consolation is that folks of that type are now a minority and an ever-increasing one.

They know what’s been in their hearts all along, and are afraid of being on the receiving end.

Ellynn
Ellynn

Image these flying down I-16 after leaving the ort of Savannah.

https://www.axios.com/elon-musk-unveils-an-electric-semi-truck-2510179289.html

Ellynn
Ellynn
Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Vox with a Uranium One flow chart that is a lot easier to follow than the ones proffered by Hannity and Louie Gohmert.

https://www.vox.com/2017/11/17/16658080/uranium-one-clinton-russia-chart

Mr. Bear
Mr. Bear

The self-driving vehicle promises to upend our thinking about local transportation. The traditional approach to a local transit station is that there are a series of buses operating out of that station, following pre-planned routes on pre-planned schedules. You miss the last bus? You have to wait for the next one. Instead, a self-driving vehicle operating out of that same station takes you to your door. If there are more passengers than vehicles, you have to wait, but you are not stuck in traffic somewhere along the way. There’s going to be a whole field of clinical psychology devoted to… Read more »

Nefarious
Nefarious

I work as a transportation for a living. Self-driving vehicles are coming, but I don’t think the impacts will be as huge as people imagine. 1. The biggest advantages of self-driving vehicles- intersection weaving, platooning cars close together, etc that would truly make an impact on traffic congestion (shown in this video https://youtu.be/4pbAI40dK0A)- can only be implemented if you remove ALL human drivers from the road. Good luck telling everyone to get out of their cars. “You can take the steering wheel from my cold, dead hands!” 2. If self-driving cars are on the same roads as everyone else, they’ll… Read more »

Nefarious
Nefarious

Apologies for the first sentence. I work as a transportation ENGINEER for a living.

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Finance Committee fireworks on C-Span last night:
https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2017/11/17/this-remarkable-angry-exchange-between-senators-unmasks-the-gops-tax-cut-lies/?utm_term=.95e223116981

Kudos to Sen. Brown for appropriately pointing out the absurdity of the GOP tax bill. Sen. Hatch’s feigned outrage deserves an Oscar nomination.

Ellynn
Ellynn

The McCaskill/Hatch one from Thursday over Medicaid cuts was interesting too.

https://www.c-span.org/video/?c4691889/mccaskillhatchmedicaidfairy

Nefarious
Nefarious

Ginny, you forgot a link. Who wants to join me? http://www.atlantamagazine.com/drinks/atlantas-favorite-top-holiday-bar-miracle-back-even-bigger/

I want that winking Santa mug so much I’m going to cry.

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope
Benevolus
Benevolus

The Fulton County DA is moving into a storefront on the corner of MLK and Hamilton Holmes. I wasn’t aware that the DA had field offices. Why would they need that, and what would they do there?

Noway2016
Noway2016

Good Guy with Gun stops maggot from raping woman. Thank God!
https://www.dallasnews.com/news/texas/2017/11/09/hero-pulls-gun-stop-woman-raped-austin-trail

Benevolus
Benevolus

Presumably he still would have been able to do that even if 30 round clips and bump stocks were regulated.

Noway2016
Noway2016

But of course…Yawnnnnnnnnnnnnn Feed.Yall’s.Narrative. At.All.Cost.

Benevolus
Benevolus

there once was a robot called noway
who had nothing of interest to say
’cause instead of reflection
it just used projection
to everyone else’s dismay

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Cut ol’ Noway some slack.
It’s hard to be a good flack
when you do yer’ postin’
from far ‘cross the ocean
in some Siberian shack.

Benevolus
Benevolus

If he’s gonna be postin’
Ideas worth roastin’
Then taking some flack is OK
Strong enough for Siberia
Is enough for my (alleged) hysteria
Still, the auto-response is “M.A.G.A.!”

Noway2016
Noway2016

There once was a dil-o named Pope
Who was Gpol’s most infamous dope
And with a goober like B
And for all to see
They’ve both just Socialist mopes…

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Perhaps this discussion
sounds better in Russian
‘cause your grammar suggests
you ain’t from the west.
Your insults are silly
and Siberia’s chilly
so why don’t you give it a rest?

Benevolus
Benevolus

O socialist mopes
wherefore art thou socialist mopes?
Deny thy birthright of 30 round clips
and refuse thy priveledge of bump stocks?
‘Cause many may die for the name NRA
The mopes will never capitulate.

ScottNAtlanta
ScottNAtlanta

Ya’ll should write a book
Poetry of a Partisan Nature
(I get a cut since I suggested it)

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Trump has tweeted about Franken, but he still hasn’t said a peep about Roy Moore, a child molester.

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

A brief synopsis of the tax bill, for those confused by everything going on: The GOP wants to get a permanent cut to the corporate tax rate. They’re also proposing cuts to the individual tax rate, but those cuts would sunset after 8 years. According to the Joint Committee on Taxation, that would lead to an across-the-board tax increase for families earning less than $75,000 per year starting in 2027. The GOP has countered that by saying they’ll step in and make the individual cuts permanent at some point before they expire in 8 years and that we should totally… Read more »

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

“And I’ve been here working my whole stinkin’ career for people who don’t have a chance. And I really resent anybody saying that I’m just doing this for the rich.” — Orrin Hatch

I previously wouldn’t have characterize Hatch’s whole career as stinkin’, but this load after his Merrick infamy is stink that could taint a career.

I figure Hatch to be considering throwing in the towel in 2018.

Noway2016
Noway2016

What is thr Merrick issue?

Ellynn
Ellynn

Before Obama made a SCOTUS nomination, Hatch, who is on the Judicial committee, basically said (I’m paraphrasing) he would not vote for a far left nomination, and went so far as saying Judge Merrick would be a good choice and would make it through a full senate vote.

Ellynn
Ellynn

Only if Romney switches his legal address to Utah. He has a house there. Hatch has a deep dislike for Chaffetz and an even deeper dislike for Chaffetz’s. stepfather, and he want through it to him without a better choice.

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

I’m not getting your point about Chaffetz since he resigned a half year ago. A big part in my figuring is that Hatch turns 83 next year.

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

The sense is that Chaffetz resigned so that he could gear up for a Senate run (rumors of Hatch’s retirement have been circulating since 2012). I think Chaffetz knew the GOP had spent 8 years making impossible promises (Obamacare repeal, jailing Clinton for murdering all our troooopz in Benghazi, massive corpate tax cuts, border wall, etc. etc.) and figured that he could avoid being lumped in with Ryan et. al if he got out before the train crashed into the side of the mountain.