Monday Morning Reads — December 11

Happy Monday, everybody! Let’s jump into it like it’s a pile of snow.

News by the Numbers

77 percent – of evangelicals believe their religious freedom is becoming more restricted. We are witnessing a change in their tactics. Whereas they once fought against same-sex marriage and its impact on our culture, they are now using courts to protect themselves from the greater culture.

1 day – until voters in Alabama go to the polls in what is possibly the most bizarre race this year. I can’t wait for it to be over.

50 percent – of Georgia’s Republican candidates for governor commented on Moore. Williams and Kemp expressed support while Cagle and Hill refused to comment.

8000 researchers – attended a conference on ethical artificial intelligence. Their mission? Resolve offensive and accidental harms caused by cutting-edge technology. For example, in 2015, Google’s photo facial recognition categorized black faces a guerrillas.

??????? – what is going on with bitcoin. I could write a number but it’d be wrong 20 minutes later.

10 displaced – in today’s edition of “Wow, You’re Stupid!” a woman burned down an apartment building in a (successful?) attempt to kill bed bugs. Seven adults and three teenagers are now without a home.

1000 flights – were cancelled by Delta amid Atlanta’s latest snowy nightmare. The company announced they were back on schedule by Sunday evening.

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MikeSilver
MikeSilver

Game attendance continues to fall as the NFL continues its protest against America:

http://www.breitbart.com/sports/2017/12/10/weak-14-nfl-stadiums-continue-ghost-towns-attendance-crisis-cintinues/

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Whatever you need to tell yourself, Mike. https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/politics-news/trump-claims-kneeling-players-hurt-nfl-attendance-facts-say-otherwise-n824646 “McCarthy added that 98% of available tickets to all NFL games have been sold, with ticket sales down 2% over last year, in part owing to reduced seating capacity for the Los Angeles teams. Excluding those two teams, ticket sales are down 1%, he said.” http://www.businessinsider.com/nfl-attendance-not-hurt-by-protests-yet-2017-11 “Through ten weeks of the 2017 season, the average attendance at NFL games is actually up slightly, from 68,914 per game to 69,264 per game this season. In addition, while home stadiums fluctuate each week, there is no obvious sign that attendance has dropped since the… Read more »

Noway2016
Noway2016

So, those thousands of empty seats are of no concern, right?

Ellynn
Ellynn

Only to the season ticket owners who sell them on the secondary market. The price might be lower. Example, Packer tickets have gone down in price since mid-October (that has more to do with Rodgers being out then any protest). Plus if folks give up their Packer season tickets, it just moves me up the waiting list. I got over 19,000 people in front of me for a 4 ticket block.

Noway2016
Noway2016

To quote my esteemed adversary, Drew, “Whatever you need to tell yourself, Ellynn…”
“I swear, Myrtle, you gonna bleeve me or yor lyin’ eyes?!?!!??”

xdog
xdog

The weather in Alabama tomorrow will favor Roy Moore because it’s supposed to dip into the teens.

blakeage80
blakeage80

Boooooooo!

xdog
xdog

Tell it to the Alabama gop and the RNC.

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

The only reason Roy Moore is running is because he heard the Capitol is located near a mall.

blakeage80
blakeage80

You two need to go on the air. I hear Minnesota Public Radio has an opening.

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

On a more serious note, will they send female pages to his office? Will young women apply to intern or work in an office harboring a child molester and serial predator?*

*The answer to this is, “it doesn’t matter if they apply, Roy Moore thinks women shouldn’t be allowed to vote, so why would he hire them to work on Capitol Hill?”

blakeage80
blakeage80

Hopefully he’s never seated and we don’t have to find out.

Ellynn
Ellynn

If he’s elected, he has to legally be seated – unless Mitch has a SCOTUS level trick up his sleeve.. However; he can be voted out.

Benevolus
Benevolus

What happens if he wins and then quits? Does the governor get to appoint a replacement?

blakeage80
blakeage80

Oh yeah, Ellynn.

Well maybe he can be made enough of a pariah that he has no option but to quit or sit in his office alone. It’s a pitiful situation for the GOP, not to mention the girls molested.

Ellynn
Ellynn

After being seated, best cause – he gets an ethic investigation, receives no committee positions, given no basic level assignments that gives him no more then basic senate updates of national issues, and no other senator lets him co-sponsor any piece of senate business, until the senate can vote him out. Chances of that happening when Mitch only has a two vote margin – ZERO.

Noway2016
Noway2016

How does he get voted out?

Ellynn
Ellynn

Article 1 section 5, clause 2 of the US Constitution; “Each House may determine the Rules of its Proceedings, punish its Members for disorderly Behavior, and, with the Concurrence of two thirds, expel a member.”

(I learned that in my inferior Yankee public H.S. civics’ class with Mr. Cooper – although I did have to look up the exact wording)

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Easy way to prevent all these queasy questions like “how do we deal with a child molester in the Senate?” Alabamans should just suck it up and vote for Jones.

Noway2016
Noway2016

Honestly, guys, I do not think he (Moore) wins tomorrow. I think the folks will vote for Jones by 5.

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

Proceeds to remove Moore from the Senate could be interesting. Moore’s “misbehavior’ occurred long before the campaign. I doubt a Senate investigation turns up anything everyone, including AL voters, doesn’t already know. In which case removing Moore is depriving AL voters of their choice for representation.

ScottNAtlanta
ScottNAtlanta

ROFL

augusta52
augusta52

xdog, I wonder if the weather forecast for Alabama tomorrow is as reliable as the forecast was for Atlanta this past Friday? I seemed to recall the weather experts telling us accumulation would be focused on higher elevations of north Georgia, in the mountains? Otherwise, I doubt so many people would have gone to work last Friday.

xdog
xdog

The governing body of Georgia high school athletics cancelled several football championship games scheduled to be played in the Benz because of the threat of ice, snow, high winds, and general blizzard-like conditions. Games have been re-scheduled at high school sites. Lots of fans from Clinch County were halfway to Atlanta when they got the news. Other fans were already seated and waiting for their team’s kickoff. At least one game will be played at a venue not big enough to hold the people who have already bought tickets. No word on refunds either.

Ellynn
Ellynn

That would be GHSA

Teri
Teri

The Marist/BT game will be fine – that stadium is SUPER nice and massive and they said they can bring in 1,000 additional seats so everyone who purchased a ticket can be seated for the game.

chamblee54
chamblee54

16 people were killed by police in the United States last week. https://chamblee54.wordpress.com/2017/12/10/killed-by-police-december-10/

Ellynn
Ellynn

Let’s simplify the tax code… by screwing over wage earners…? (it’s got charts and graphs too..)

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/09/business/economy/tax-plans-may-give-your-co-worker-a-better-deal-than-you.html

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

The Republican Party is promoting and supporting a child molester while simultaneously taking health insurance away from children. I guess that’s “family values” for you.

http://money.cnn.com/2017/12/06/news/economy/chip-funding-insurance/index.html

Ellynn
Ellynn
Noway2016
Noway2016

To echo one of Ellynn’s last posts a few days ago…”Dum, dum, dum, Another Lib Bites the Dust…dum, dum, dum, Another Lib Bites the Dust…
https://www.thedailybeast.com/the-new-yorker-severs-ties-with-star-reporter-ryan-lizza

Noway2016
Ellynn
Ellynn

You missed another congressman over the weekend. Try to keep up.

Noway2016
Noway2016

This will all be over in 24 hours. But do you really think having Obama doing robocalls in Alabama was wise? Receiving that call un the double wide had to go over well!

Ellynn
Ellynn

He’s calling the democratic voting lists… really, where did you learn basic civics?

Noway2016
Noway2016

You think no Dems live in double wides??

Ellynn
Ellynn

Of course they do – the ones where a call from President Obama will go over extremely well and is a wise move.

Have you listened to either robo call?

Ellynn
Ellynn

I want you to open the link and look at the landscape picture. Pretty. One of the awe inspiring piece of American. John Wayne filmed about 20 miles from here. Pres.Trump pulled that out of Ben Ears National Monument last week. 2-5 years from now, it will most likely will be mined for uranium.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/uranium-firm-urged-trump-officials-to-shrink-bears-ears-national-monument/2017/12/08/2eea39b6-dc31-11e7-b1a8-62589434a581_story.html?utm_term=.cec3696187fe

Noway2016
Noway2016

Hopefully THAT ore won’t be sold to the Russians!

Ellynn
Ellynn

They are the only conventional uranium mining company in the US and they are owned by a Candian company who is “proud to be the worlds suppler of reactor grade” uranium, so…

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Gonna use this as an opportunity to point out that, not only is Ryan Zinke an actively bad person, but he also doesn’t know how to fly fish.

https://deadspin.com/interior-secretary-ryan-zinke-is-mad-because-outside-ma-1821198810