December 6, 2017 7:32 AM HomePoliticsMorning Reads for December 6, 2017 Morning Reads for December 6, 2017 By edatlanta Politics 52 Comments I’ve listened to approximately 373 hours of Christmas music thus far….and I’m just getting warmed up (meaning I haven’t even played Mannheim Steamroller yet). “Last Christmas” by your girl and mine Taylor Swift. Georgia State legend (and some say greatest Georgia football player ever) Robert Davis added to Redskins active roster. Coke’s $2.6 million grant for GSU. Did you know Rosalyn Carter went to a private soundcheck with the Ramones? (That she organized for Amy). Johnny Isakson’s Delta protection cut from tax bill. Sanford BIshop called on to help defeat alleged pedophile Roy Moore. Unrelated but can we make #NoLongerReagansParty a thing? Hank Johnson warns of bill creating a modern-day “sharecropping” system. Morehouse, NFL to host social justice symposium. Spelman and Morehouse confronting, rather unwillingly on the latter’s part, the #MeToo moment. Mark your calendars: Jan 1 is the opening of the new Civil Rights Movement Trail. Share this:TwitterFacebookTumblrRedditEmailPrint Related About Author edatlanta 52 Comments Noway2016 Color me shocked! https://mobile.nytimes.com/2017/12/05/sports/olympics/ioc-russia-winter-olympics.html?referer=http://www.drudgereport.com/ Historical cheats, whether arms agreements to steroids. Pretty much done nothing original or noteworthy since Sputnik. A Third World nation with nukes. December 6, 2017 7:55 AM Log in to Reply Andrew C. Pope So I guess you won’t be competing in the bobsled? December 6, 2017 8:00 AM Log in to Reply Noway2016 Give me a rusted out Zil as a sleigh and I’d consider it! December 6, 2017 9:17 AM Log in to Reply Ellynn I pictured you more as the Biathlon type… December 6, 2017 10:26 AM Log in to Reply Ellynn BTW, Where were you last night… It was Krampusnacht, I heard there were sighting in north Georgia… December 6, 2017 10:44 AM Log in to Reply Andrew C. Pope Ed, you may be interested in this… https://www.whamageddon.com/ December 6, 2017 8:01 AM Log in to Reply xdog It’s tough enough facing a barrage of Christmas tunes at my favorite coffee joint, but real pain begins when the baristas start singing along. December 6, 2017 8:34 AM Log in to Reply Dave Bearse A display of the alternate reality of the GOP is that it’s a double standard when Conyers resigns and Franken doesn’t, when the double standard is Pelosi calling for Conyers to resign and Trump endorsing Roy Moore. Wait a minute. Pelosi’s isn’t a sexual predator while Conyers is guilty of sexual improprieties. Trump is predator and Roy Moore is predator and molester to boot. Not the same. Perfect logical to the RNC. No double standard at all. December 6, 2017 9:05 AM Log in to Reply Dave Bearse Anyone else notice the TV commercials of late promoting tourism in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem? That’s subject to being wasted marketing money if Trump makes a statement today he’s moving the US embassy to Jerusalem. “America’s consulate in Jerusalem ordered U.S. personnel and their families to avoid visiting Jerusalem’s Old City or the West Bank, and urged American citizens in general to avoid places with increased police or military presence.” December 6, 2017 9:15 AM Log in to Reply Dave Bearse Don Jr testifying today in front of the House Intelligence Committee. (Now there’s an oxymoron for anything headed by the GOP investigating Trump.) “NBC News reported Tuesday that the lawyer, Natalia Veselnitskaya, told the Senate Judiciary Committee that Trump Jr. asked for evidence of illegal donations to the Clinton Foundation, information she said she did not have. Trump seemed to lose interest in the conversation at that point, she told the panel in a 51-page statement in which she also denied working for the Russian government.” One explanation is the tit-for-tat fake news world of Trump and the GOP is that something was needed should the extent of the reliance of Trump’s personal fortune on Russian money become exposed. Those pesky tax returns that Trump promised he’d release. December 6, 2017 9:26 AM Log in to Reply Dave Bearse Too bad for the Norwood campaign that’s it’s just being reported that Bottoms had hired additional staff during her tenure as Director of the Rec Authority. Yeah, negotiations with the Hawks were underway, but the additional staff makes it even more difficult to think that she didn’t work full time for the Rec Authority. December 6, 2017 9:34 AM Log in to Reply Noway2016 Drip, drip, drip… https://nypost.com/2017/12/05/latest-revelations-make-the-entire-collusion-probe-look-like-a-partisan-hit/amp/ December 6, 2017 9:36 AM Log in to Reply Andrew C. Pope Mueller fired the guy immediately after the text messages came to light. To reasonable people, that suggests Mueller did the right thing to maintain the credibility of the investigation and is serious about keeping it free from the appearance of bias. Further, to the story also evidences the author’s lack of understanding into how FBI investigations work, accusing Strzok of “changing then-FBI chief Jim Comey’s draft language on Clinton’s use of that private server,” but ignoring that FBI investigations are team efforts and the process of drafting anything from public statements to indictments is a collaborative process involving a number of people. In other words, they’re trying to make something seem more nefarious than it is in actuality. Look, I get it. If my campaign manager was indicted, my senior foreign policy adviser plead guilty and was working as cooperating witness, and my national security adviser plead guilty and was working as a cooperating witness, I’d be nervous. Especially if I went on Twitter and admitted I knew my national security adviser was guilty when I asked my FBI director to “let him go” after already admitting on television that I fired the FBI director after he chose not to “let him go.” If I was in that position, I’d try to attack the guy leading the investigation. After all, the losing team always blames the referees. December 6, 2017 10:48 AM Log in to Reply Noway2016 Ummm…see below! Drew, come off of the ledge, DREW!!! Get down, please…Now! You have people who love you!! That’s right..c’mon…There ya, go… December 6, 2017 11:14 AM Log in to Reply Noway2016 No, really, Al…it’s time to go! https://www.politico.com/story/2017/12/06/al-franken-accusation-sexual-harassment-2006-281049 December 6, 2017 9:44 AM Log in to Reply Noway2016 More and more female senators calling for Franken to scoot! Hell, Karma. He stole the seat from Coleman any damn way. Good riddance! December 6, 2017 12:29 PM Log in to Reply Ellynn Told you yesterday it was coming. https://www.axios.com/franken-to-make-announcement-tomorrow-amid-calls-for-his-resignation-2515393411.html Still waiting on Farenthold. December 6, 2017 1:27 PM Log in to Reply Noway2016 Promise Keeper 2017…MAGA! http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/trump-expected-declare-jerusalem-capital-israel/story?id=51600561 December 6, 2017 9:47 AM Log in to Reply Noway2016 Did yall hear his speech? What a statesman!! MAGA! December 6, 2017 1:21 PM Log in to Reply Andrew C. Pope You referring to all the slurring he did there at the end? I’m being 100% earnest here, it sounded like he had a mini-stroke. December 6, 2017 2:50 PM Log in to Reply Noway2016 Actually agree. I didn’t see it. I heard it. The very last word spoken was really slurred. Did you see it?! Anyone?? What did his face look like?? December 6, 2017 3:30 PM Log in to Reply Andrew C. Pope No facial droop, if that’s what you’re thinking. Face was the same shade of red it always is when he’s giving a speech under hot stage lights with a tie tied too tight. Was doing that thing where he squints at the teleprompter as if its the first time he’s seeing the words. Sniffed like crazy throughout the whole speech. a.k.a. nothing out of the ordinary. Was a little slower than usual. Charitable explanation is that he just had a really bad case of dry mouth. December 6, 2017 3:44 PM Ellynn He did the whole thing off a teleprompter. The one on his left seemed farther out then the right hand screen which was almost completely in front of him, like he had to swing his head a little more. He was literally talking out of the side of his mouth most of the time. The last few lines was given looking straight forward. He didn’t smile either or relax like most people do then they finish a speech. The lighting was low too. Whenever he switched screens he hesitated and near the end it was like he was starting words with a slur and his hand started to do that chopping action more. As stage setting, it was a bit odd, which is becoming the norm for these things. The walls sconces and the portrait of Washington had better lighting then he did. December 6, 2017 4:19 PM augusta52 ed Atlanta, the irony about your 373 hours of Christmas music is that we are in the season of Advent, but the day after Christmas—the 2nd day of the Christmas season—the Christmas music typically stops. Should we start playing such music in the summer heat of July and August to make it feel cool! December 6, 2017 10:18 AM Log in to Reply Ellynn Some of us have advent stations on their music providers. PLUS, St. Nickolas stopped by my desk during the night. December 6, 2017 10:41 AM Log in to Reply chefdavid This Georgia Solar Manufacturer wants import tarriffs on solar panels thus posing it against the solar industry who say it would be a job killer. https://www.eenews.net/stories/1060068079 December 6, 2017 10:46 AM Log in to Reply Noway2016 This ain’t a drip – it’s a flood! This “in’cest’igation” is over! For the pathetic Dems, I’m reminded of a very poignant line in The Princess Bride uttered by Count Rugen, “My God, are you still trying to win?” LMAO!! https://www.washingtonpost.com/amphtml/opinions/a-special-counsel-needs-to-investigate-the-fbi-and-justice-department-now/2017/12/04/5ca1234c-d916-11e7-b1a8-62589434a581_story.html December 6, 2017 11:10 AM Log in to Reply Andrew C. Pope The timing of this narrative is very interesting: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-12-05/deutsche-bank-is-said-to-have-received-subpoena-on-client-trump https://global.handelsblatt.com/finance/muellers-trump-russia-investigation-engulfs-deutsche-bank-861185 https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/kushner-firms-285-million-deutsche-bank-loan-came-just-before-election-day/2017/06/25/984f3acc-4f88-11e7-b064-828ba60fbb98_story.html?utm_term=.bdaf42f2209a https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/01/opinion/flynn-kushner-donald-trump-jr.html?_r=0 https://twitter.com/christinawilkie/status/938090209471881216 December 6, 2017 11:24 AM Log in to Reply Noway2016 Tick tock… How long before Mueller and his group of partisan Clouseau’s are defunct?! NY Times, NY Post, House Intel Committee all calling them out…LOLOL! December 6, 2017 12:17 PM Log in to Reply Ellynn That was an editorial by conservative Hugh Hewitt – of course he wants one… and that was publish Monday night… you need to keep up better. December 6, 2017 12:04 PM Log in to Reply bethebalance While at this point it looks like this guy was isolated, there may be more, and it is worthy of an investigation, if the intent or consequence is not to interfere with the other special counsel, or disproportionately discredit the Dept., but build public confidence in the DoJ. I would prefer the DOJ Inspector General look into it, but if there is more public confidence from a special counsel, OK. But, you do know Count Rogan lost, right? December 6, 2017 12:08 PM Log in to Reply bethebalance I do think looking for deep-state partisan bias in the DoJ is a real fishing expedition, but there may be benefits in doing one. Build confidence, discredit distractions and the real fake news… December 6, 2017 12:14 PM Log in to Reply Noway2016 You didn’t really just say that any inquiry in the Mueller folks would be a “fishing expedition” did you?! Good Lord….His whole operation, the entire thing, is not legitimate in the least. December 6, 2017 12:24 PM Log in to Reply bethebalance time will tell- maybe December 6, 2017 1:01 PM Log in to Reply Ellynn It took 3 years, 8 investigations and a special congressional sub committee to fish/find a server and missing emails… December 6, 2017 1:32 PM Log in to Reply ScottNAtlanta Look at how long it took with Bill and all they found was a blow job (most expensive one in history!) December 6, 2017 4:39 PM Log in to Reply Benevolus Maybe he could talk Trey Gowdy and Jason Chaffetz into joining. Those guys are known impartial investigators. December 6, 2017 1:35 PM Log in to Reply Ellynn See below… December 6, 2017 1:39 PM Log in to Reply Ellynn Specking of Trey Gowdy… Did he tye this with a straight face? Oh the irony. https://twitter.com/TGowdySC/status/938533749192507392 December 6, 2017 6:59 PM Log in to Reply Dave Bearse Don’t forget about Devein Nunes. December 7, 2017 9:50 AM Log in to Reply Ellynn Meanwhile… https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/06/us/politics/michael-flynn-russia-sanctions-ripped-up-whistleblower.html?smid=tw-nytimes&smtyp=cur December 6, 2017 1:38 PM Log in to Reply Andrew C. Pope Quick refresher The Trump Administration’s official position is that James Comey was fired because of his handling of the Clinton investigation. Specifically, DAG Rod Rosenstein said: Director ignored another longstanding principle: we do not hold press conferences to release derogatory information about the subject of a declined criminal investigation. Derogatory information sometimes is disclosed in the course of criminal investigations and prosecutions, but we never release it gratuitously. The Director laid out his version of the facts for the news media as if it were a closing argument, but without a trial. It is a textbook example of what federal prosecutors and agents are taught not to do. In response to skeptical question at a congressional hearing, the Director defended his remarks by saying that his “goal was to say what is true. What did we do, what did we find, what do we think about it.” But the goal of a federal criminal investigation is not to announce our thoughts at a press conference. The goal is to determine whether there is sufficient evidence to justify a federal criminal prosecution, then allow a federal prosecutor who exercises authority delegated by the Attorney General to make a prosecutorial decision, and then – if prosecution is warranted – let the judge and jury determine the facts. We sometimes release information about closed investigations in appropriate ways, but the FBI does not do it sua sponte. So now we have two narratives coming from Trump-land. 1) Comey was fired because the FBI investigation of Hillary Clinton was unfairly harsh in its treatment of her. 2) Strzok, the FBI’s “lead” in the Clinton improperly sought to help Clinton. Both cannot be true. December 6, 2017 2:49 PM Log in to Reply Dave Bearse Republican truth and facts are determined day be day and issue by issue. December 7, 2017 9:51 AM Log in to Reply Noway2016 To quote Arte Johnson on Laugh-In, “Very Interestink…” http://www.anncoulter.com December 6, 2017 4:06 PM Log in to Reply Benevolus Unlikely Coulter has said anything remotely interesting. December 6, 2017 5:00 PM Log in to Reply Noway2016 Well, B, you won’t know unless you actually read it… December 7, 2017 10:14 AM Log in to Reply Benevolus Well I am not clicking on that. I think she said she doesn’t believe in evolution. Questionable judgement there. But hey, care to give a synopsis so ewe can comment on it? December 7, 2017 10:35 AM Log in to Reply Noway2016 Just read it. It tells you all you need to know about this whole Roy Moore issue. Really informative! December 7, 2017 11:27 AM Benevolus I’m gonna regret this… December 7, 2017 11:38 AM Noway2016 Lol! Let me know your thoughts! December 7, 2017 11:40 AM Dave Bearse Your connecting a Nazi commenting to Coulter is interesting. December 7, 2017 9:53 AM Log in to Reply Ellynn I hope they got the collection in it’s vaults at the J. Paul. Getty Center… it has it’s own sets of water tanks and reservoirs. Bel Aire and Brentwood aren’t fairing so well… https://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/western-wildfires/southern-california-wildfires-spread-putting-thousands-under-mandatory-evacuation-n826946 December 6, 2017 5:03 PM Log in to Reply Add a Comment Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.