December 7, 2017 6:00 AM HomeMorning ReadsMorning Reads – Thursday, December 7, 2017 Morning Reads – Thursday, December 7, 2017 By Jessica Szilagyi Morning Reads 35 Comments On this date in 1992, the Supreme Court rejected a Mississippi abortion law which, required women to get counseling and then wait 24 hours before terminating their pregnancies. Continued prayers for California… Peaches Highlighting legislator conflicts State seeking feedback on WIC Post-Irma prompts Florida plans connecting to Georgia The controversy over solitary confinement in Georgia prisons heads to court Cabbage: a wonderful place to hide pot Faith-based organization looking to help health care in rural Georgia Dawg fans continue to (rightfully) gloat Jimmy Carter Mayor arrested for using IDs of dead people Backlog of deportations totals more than City of Atlanta population Border wall prototype now being tested Millennials, capitalism, and views on socialism Sweet Tea A Christmas miracle 53-year-old eyes baseball major league comeback America’s homeless population is up for the first time in years No need to exercise – pollution is canceling it out Share this:TwitterFacebookTumblrRedditEmailPrint Related About Author jszilagyi5 35 Comments Andrew C. Pope Paul Ryan says the GOP will be cutting Medicare and Medicaid funding in 2018 as a way to “tackle the debt and the deficit.” http://www.cnn.com/2017/12/06/politics/paul-ryan-entitlement-reform/index.html If the deficit is such a big deal that you need to cut health care services for millions of Americans, maybe you shouldn’t be adding over $1 trillion to the deficit through a massive tax cut for billionaires and corporations. But what do I know, I’m not a noted policy wonk like Paul Ryan. December 7, 2017 8:26 AM Log in to Reply Dave Bearse In keeping with the comprehension of your typical Republican, wonk policy is all of: More money for those that have it always good. More health care for those that don’t is always bad. December 7, 2017 10:27 AM Log in to Reply Andrew C. Pope America’s homeless population is up for the first time in years “VA cuts program for homeless vets after touting Trump’s commitment” https://www.politico.com/story/2017/12/06/homeless-veterans-benefits-trump-207781 #MAGA December 7, 2017 8:30 AM Log in to Reply Benevolus Unbelievable. December 7, 2017 8:46 AM Log in to Reply Noway2016 And the wealth-grabbing hoax continues… http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/12/06/tidalgate-climate-alarmists-caught-faking-sea-level-rise/ December 7, 2017 8:50 AM Log in to Reply Will Durant That Breitbart has found an outlier doesn’t make it a “wealth-grabbing hoax”. I can give you any number of “studies” done by Creationists trying to prove that the earth is only 8,000 years-old that certainly doesn’t invalidate the scientific evidence that it is more like 4 billion. How about the study results of an aggregate of climate prediction models: https://www.upi.com/Science_News/2017/12/07/More-severe-global-warming-predictions-are-likely-more-accurate/5621512654562/ “It makes sense that the models that do the best job at simulating today’s observations might be the models with the most reliable predictions,” Caldeira said. “Our study indicates that if emissions follow a commonly used business-as-usual scenario, there is a 93 percent chance that global warming will exceed 4 degrees Celsius — 7.2 degrees Fahrenheit — by the end of this century. Previous studies had put this likelihood at 62 percent.” December 7, 2017 11:40 AM Log in to Reply Noway2016 C’mon, nothing to really see here, after all it was only “a small stab wound…” https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/john-conyers-iii-was-arrested-domestic-abuse-not-prosecuted-n827151 December 7, 2017 9:50 AM Log in to Reply Benevolus Not sure what you are trying to say. The DA took a bribe? In Los Angeles the DA was overwhelmed by the celebrity? December 7, 2017 10:13 AM Log in to Reply Andrew C. Pope “Businesses will totally invest the savings from corporate tax cuts into innovation and new jobs.” http://thehill.com/policy/finance/362412-cisco-pfizer-coca-cola-plan-to-turn-over-gains-from-proposed-tax-cuts-to The chief executive of Amgen Inc. said in an October call that the company is “actively returning capital in the form of growing dividend and buyback.” “And I’d expect us to continue,” Robert Bradway said in the call. These comments were echoed by executives including Coca-Cola CEO James Quincey, Pfizer Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Frank D’Amelio and Cisco CFO Kelly Kramer, according to Bloomberg. Kramer said this month that after the tax cut, the company will “be able to get much more aggressive on the share buyback.” December 7, 2017 10:04 AM Log in to Reply Noway2016 1128 am I predict Franken won’t resign. He’ll go into treatment, effectively telling his Lib masters to go pound sand. December 7, 2017 11:30 AM Log in to Reply Andrew C. Pope Looks like he’s going out swinging. “There is some irony in the fact I am leaving while a man bragged on tape about his history of the sexual assault sits in the Oval Office and a man who repeatedly preyed on young girls campaigns for the Senate with the full support of his party. But this decision is not about me. It’s about the people of Minnesota.” December 7, 2017 12:05 PM Log in to Reply Ellynn So… let’s see how you sin this prediction. December 7, 2017 12:06 PM Log in to Reply Noway2016 Hell, Sis, for once…I was wrong. Flabbergasting, I know… December 7, 2017 12:10 PM Log in to Reply Ellynn Spin… although sin could work too… December 7, 2017 12:14 PM Log in to Reply Noway2016 Ok. How’s this? If Moore loses, Franken goes back on his word! Lol! Hey ain’t going nowhere!!! December 7, 2017 12:18 PM Log in to Reply Noway2016 In the coming weeks, ‘ol Noway’s 1130 am prediction today will become part of GaPol lore…Frank(l)en ain’t leaving. LMAO!! December 7, 2017 12:25 PM Andrew C. Pope Moore losing doesn’t absolve the Republican Party for going all-in in support of an accused child molester and serial predator of underage women. Nor does Moore losing make Franken’s actions any less wrong. The message today is this: no one should get a pass for sexual assault. Franken’s voting record and his work as a Senator have done a lot of good for women in America, but that doesn’t excuse his actions and it doesn’t put him above the consequences of those actions. The people we put in elected office should not only represent us with their votes and their work in crafting legislation, they should represent us in their character and the way they conduct themselves. Sen. Franken, for all his outstanding work as a Senator, failed to meet that standard and his resignation is both appropriate and necessary. I’d be remiss if I didn’t point out that one party has now forced out two men accused of sexual assault, while the other continues to support individuals facing credible allegations of sexual assault and is actively championing the election of a candidate who stands credibly accused of molesting a 14-year-old girl. Sexual assault is committed by perpetrators on both sides of the aisle, and it is not an issue exclusively confined to older, white men. But in order for this country to truly move forward and address this issue in a way that results in meaningful change for women in their jobs, in their schools, and in their communities, both parties need to do some soul searching and start acting out forcefully against this behavior, no matter who is accused. December 7, 2017 12:56 PM Ellynn Opinion piece re: cities looking to ‘win’ the Amazon headquarters. https://www.nbcnews.com/think/opinion/cities-are-scrambling-host-amazon-taxpayers-will-pay-price-ncna827186 December 7, 2017 11:51 AM Log in to Reply ScottNAtlanta I spoke to a “high up” at Amazon over the T-giving holiday and it seems that N. Virginia is at the top of the list, but ATL is still very much in the running. Dallas…not so much now. December 7, 2017 1:07 PM Log in to Reply Andrew C. Pope https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/monkey-cage/wp/2017/11/18/heres-the-incredibly-unpopular-gop-tax-reform-plan-in-one-graph/?utm_term=.ee18d58733c4 On average, only 30% of Americans support the GOP’s tax plan. A majority of Americans believe the plan will benefit the rich and believe that the tax plan won’t increase economic growth. The bill less popular less popular than this one in the past 30 years has been the GOP’s Obamacare repeal. This thing is polling worse than Obamacare did in 2009. It’s polling worse than TARP. It’s polling worse than the Clinton Healthcare Plan. That’s not even getting into the question of whether or not it’s a good idea from a policy perspective. Just seems odd the GOP is selling its soul for a bill that will have electoral ramifications in the mid-terms. December 7, 2017 2:26 PM Log in to Reply Ellynn INFRASTRUCTURE… finally. Of course, the majority of the funds will come from SALT and fees. After we are going to tax SALT out of itemizing, and Ryan tells us we are going to cut localized sending because… deficits. Oh, and private sourcing. (This works so well in Kansas) https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-12-07/trump-is-said-to-ready-infrastructure-plan-for-january-release December 7, 2017 5:04 PM Log in to Reply Ellynn I feel like we should play a Queen song whenever this happens… “and another ones gone and another ones gone. Another one bites the dust…” http://www.rollcall.com/news/politics/arizonas-trent-franks-expected-resign December 7, 2017 5:18 PM Log in to Reply Noway2016 LibWatch2017 – You are sooooooooo right!! http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/12/07/top-doj-official-demoted-amid-probe-contacts-with-trump-dossier-firm.html December 7, 2017 5:42 PM Log in to Reply Noway2016 More Democrat Debris circles the drain. Sad! December 7, 2017 6:07 PM Log in to Reply Ellynn BUT he only lost one of his two titles… And still works for DOJ as “director of the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces (OCDETF), a program described by the department as “the centerpiece of the attorney general’s drug strategy.” Still works for Sessions. December 7, 2017 6:21 PM Log in to Reply Dave Bearse “Far more of the African-American community is being devastated by the policies of today than were being devastated by policies of slavery.” — Trent Franks Good riddance. December 7, 2017 9:12 PM Log in to Reply Noway2016 And this, guess who’s The Most Pissed-Off Man in Washington right now? John Conyers! That’s right! Conyers is told to resign. To ease his pain, he’s told that Franken is going, also. But Franken outwits DC, saying he’s quitting in a few weeks!!! Lol! Lord!!!! Conyers is tricked!!!!!! He’s gone (WTF???!!!!) but Frank(l)en is still there, to Vote and Grope until he decides (a yugeeeeeeee if…) when to leave!!!! The Congressional Black Caucus has to be going nuts!!!!!! I’m calling Racism!!! December 7, 2017 5:56 PM Log in to Reply Ellynn He’s technically in a hospital room in Detroit. Has been there over a week. He should be mad. Farnethold had the same ruling as Conyers did in ethics, but He’s still in congress. Lets see what goes down with the Rep. Franks in the next 24 hours. December 7, 2017 6:25 PM Log in to Reply Noway2016 Libs abandon Dersch…Alan, you gotta, gotta, gotta stay with The Narrative!!! https://www.washingtonpost.com/amphtml/news/morning-mix/wp/2017/12/07/alan-dershowitzs-new-reality-tweeted-by-trump-shunned-by-liberal-friends/?hpid=hp_rhp-morning-mix_mm-dershowitz%3Ahomepage%2Fstory&utm_term=.f891ba80445a&__twitter_impression=true December 7, 2017 7:31 PM Log in to Reply Noway2016 More LibWatch2017… https://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/us_5a29743ee4b0b185e53a0ce6 Anybody got any Absorbine, Jr.? My typing fingers are sore!! December 7, 2017 7:47 PM Log in to Reply Andrew C. Pope #LibWatch2017. Am I doing this right? http://www.rollcall.com/news/politics/arizonas-trent-franks-expected-resign December 8, 2017 7:10 AM Log in to Reply Noway2016 Yep! A Republican slips occasionally…but name your scorecard somethin’ else. We want folks to be able to tell us apart! December 8, 2017 7:41 AM Log in to Reply Ellynn You know I posted the EXACT link yesterday in the Queen comment right? Don’t make use the Noway “that’s old news” comments on you too… (snicker) And Noway, technically Andrew’s is different, his has a # in front, total meets copyright standards. December 8, 2017 9:55 AM Log in to Reply Noway2016 Ahhhhhh… Well, I’m sure he wants his own creativity! December 8, 2017 10:36 AM Log in to Reply Andrew C. Pope Cue the responses of “David Brooks is a closeted librul!” https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/07/opinion/the-gop-is-rotting.html?smid=tw-share&mtrref=t.co&assetType=opinion You don’t help your cause by wrapping your arms around an alleged sexual predator and a patriarchic bigot. You don’t help your cause by putting the pursuit of power above character, by worshiping at the feet of some loutish man or another, by claiming the ends justify any means. You don’t successfully rationalize your own tawdriness by claiming your opponents are satanic. You don’t save Christianity by betraying its message. “What shall it profit a man,” Jesus asked, “if he gain the whole world and suffer the loss of his own soul?” The current Republican Party seems to not understand that question. Donald Trump seems to have made gaining the world at the cost of his soul his entire life’s motto. December 8, 2017 10:17 AM Log in to Reply Add a Comment Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.