January 12, 2018 7:00 AM HomePoliticsMorning Reads for Friday, January 12, 2018 Morning Reads for Friday, January 12, 2018 By Ginny Politics 39 Comments Chick-fil-A moving to iconic spot in downtown Athens. Flu ticking up in the ATL. Wash those hands! Atlanta’s first “Smart Neighborhood.” But does it deliver tacos to your door every evening? You can count me out on this one. Let’s work on no more power outages, shall we? It’s like a rash. Stay out of my bathroom, too. Higher Ed continues to confound and amaze. The Red Sea still makes headlines. Nothing new under the sun (ask a millennial what the “Goldwater Rule” is). LOL (of course). The Obama Center has landed. Or was he just happy to see us? Share this:TwitterFacebookTumblrRedditEmailPrint Related About Author Ginny Get off my lawn. 39 Comments Noway2016 As long as The Grill and The Taco Stand are still where they’re ‘sposed to be…. January 12, 2018 8:10 AM Log in to Reply The Eiger I’m about 3/4 of the way through Dan Brown’s new book Origin. So far it’s really good. It’s No Angles and Demons, but better than most of his most recent stuff. Anyway, I don’t want to give too much away for those of you who may want to read it, but Paul Broun is quoted in the book. I kid you not. “Congressman Paul Broun said that the big bang is a lie from the pits of hell” is in the book. I laughed so hard when I read it. Paul Broun is finally famous. January 12, 2018 8:17 AM Log in to Reply John Vestal Read it over the course of just over a day just after Thanksgiving (because that’s how I roll). Agree that it’s not one of his better efforts, but enjoyed it still. I also chuckled at the PB reference. January 12, 2018 8:36 AM Log in to Reply Andrew C. Pope PFC Emmanuel Mensah graduated from the U.S. Army Ordnance School on December 14, 2017. Two weeks later, while home with his family in the Bronx, a fire broke out in the apartment complex where he lived. He saved a family of four, running back into the burning building to lead people to safety. He died inside that building, trying to save more people. PFC Emmanuel Mensah immigrated to this country from Ghana in 2012. According to Donald Trump, Mensah – by virtue of being from a s—hole country in Africa – should never have been allowed into this country. If you ask me, Private Mensah did more on one night to make this world a better place than Donald Trump has done in the entirety of his 71 years on this planet. January 12, 2018 9:24 AM Log in to Reply Noway2016 “Mensah did more on one night to make this world a better place than Donald Trump has done in the entirety of his 71 years on this planet.” This guy is a hero to be sure. But where was any sense of similar outrage at incendiary language when The Hag called half of her OWN NATION “Deplorables?” Nary a peep…and with most of the ninny Libs hopping right on that there bandwagon. So you “Don Lemons” go ahead and have your little drawin’ spell of faux outrage, snivel into a hankie and hand-ring today. Luvvvvv that hypocrisy! January 12, 2018 9:41 AM Log in to Reply Andrew C. Pope Racists, misogynists, anti-Semites, white nationalists, and bigots are deplorable and they are a disgrace to this country. Unlike the President – who thinks they’re “very fine people” – I have no problem calling them out. When you’ve dealt with bomb threats at your synagogue, KKK leaflets in your front yard, and the uncertainty of raising Jewish children in a country that seems to have reverted back to an uglier era of Antisemitism, Southern politeness goes out the window and you start acknowledging that not everyone is a good person. That being said, trying to keep the energy positive. So I’ll share a video about another good kid that Trump thinks doesn’t belong here: https://www.saturdaydownsouth.com/georgia-football/watch-cbs-sports-shares-heartfelt-story-sony-michels-parents-rbs-path-georgia/ January 12, 2018 10:01 AM Log in to Reply bethebalance Yes, there is a fundamental difference between calling a group of people out based upon their ideologies, and calling out a group- or nation- of people based upon their country of origin. While HRC would have done better to specifically identify the antisemitism, etc. of the Trump fanboys she wanted to call out, the brush used by Trump is based 100% on some sort of ethnic stereotypes. Not one concern for individuals or ideologies. And let’s not forget how Trump has disparaged so many Americans as well. To paraphrase, Chicago, Detroit, Atlanta, have all just been baskets of deplorables to him. That’s why generalizations do nothing but offend. January 12, 2018 10:49 AM Log in to Reply Noway2016 Just for my clarification, Andrew, are you saying most of the Trump supporters are those things you listed? (Racists, misogynists, anti-Semites, white nationalists, and bigots…) January 12, 2018 11:54 AM Log in to Reply Andrew C. Pope I never used the word “most” or made any other proclamation about how many Trump voters are anti-Semites or racists. Racists, Klansmen, white nationalists, bigots, Islamaphobes, misogynists, and anti-Semites are a disgrace to our American values and they’d be just as disgusting if they voted Democrat. If we really want to condition presence in the US on merit, we can start by deporting talentless trust fund racists like Richard Spencer and Stephen Miller. The fact you would read it that way gives an insight to your subconscious opinions of Trump voters. January 12, 2018 12:07 PM Log in to Reply Ellynn When Fox and Friends asks for an apology or a clarification… He might of gone a wee bit to far. He also angered the wrong women… http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/368627-gop-rep-mia-love-calls-on-trump-to-apologize-for-those-he-watonly January 12, 2018 10:13 AM Log in to Reply Dave Bearse Senators proposed immigration legislation that was centrist. Trump’s dimwittedness is rubbing off on the Republican establishment—they’re rolling like that. Cornym: “How do 6 people bind the other 94 in the Senate. I don’t get that.” It’s not much different than the Conference Committee required of most legislation. In Cornyn’s defense, I suppose the exclusion of any Dem participation in legislation is more of the “regular order” that McConnell promised when the GOP was in control of the Senate. January 12, 2018 10:31 AM Log in to Reply Andrew C. Pope The government runs out of money on January 19. The major sticking point is DACA. Democrats could condition their votes on a clean DACA bill. However, it appears they’re willing to work in some security funding and other reforms if it means citizenship for Dreamers. When the President says that African countries are “s—holes,” Haitians don’t belong here, all Nigerians live in “huts,” etc., he’s erodes the GOP’s leverage and, in my opinion, increases the likelihood the Democrats commit to a position of “clean DACA bill or bust.” We’re gonna have a government shutdown and it’s going to be because Donald Trump’s racism scuttled a compromise between Republicans and Democrats. Also, why the heck is he still asking Americans to pay for the dang wall? I thought he promised us Mexico will pay for it? Democrats should condition any wall funding on a signed agreement from the Mexican government agreeing to re-imburse the United States for wall-related expenses. January 12, 2018 10:55 AM Log in to Reply Dave Bearse I was supportive of what I read of the Senators proposal. I for instance am fine will a billion or two spent on a physical barrier at locations where it would be most cost effective as part of comprehensive reform. There were a couple of other compromise areas in the proposal I could support as part of a package, and maybe one objectionable to me. Not legalizing Dreamers and providing a path to citizenship isn’t on the table. The GOP acting as if Dreamer amnesty is an enormous concession in the context of negotiating the other stuff is a definite losing proposition with everyone else other than a third of the population that is nearly all GOP base. January 12, 2018 11:58 PM Log in to Reply Ginny A retched hive of scum and villainy…. http://www.theamericanconservative.com/dreher/google-hive-of-hateful-progressivism/ January 12, 2018 10:49 AM Log in to Reply Ellynn their back https://apnews.com/9a6888c2163f43a7913c808e8cf9bc6e/Cybersecurity-firm:-US-Senate-in-Russian-hackers'-crosshairs January 12, 2018 1:45 PM Log in to Reply Andrew C. Pope Johnny Isakson: “[If he made those remarks] he owes the people of Haiti and all of mankind an apology… That is not the kind of statement the leader of the free world should make, and he ought to be ashamed of himself… If he did not make it, he needs to corroborate the facts and prove it and move forward.” David Perdue (who was in the room where it happened): “[R]egrettably, it seems that not everyone is committed to negotiating in good faith. In regards to Senator Durbin’s accusation, we do not recall the President saying these comments specifically” Mind you, Durbin’s “accusation” has been corroborated by Lindsay Graham, Tim Scott, and other folks that were in the room. Makes you wonder if David Perdue isn’t speaking up because he shares these racially abhorrent views. January 12, 2018 1:54 PM Log in to Reply Ellynn Tim Scott was not in the room. Tim Scott states Graham confirmed them to him. Graham was in the room. https://www.postandcourier.com/politics/sen-tim-scott-trump-s-shithole-countries-comment-is-accurate/article_e99c2fba-f7a9-11e7-a381-d7950e17b81f.html?utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter&utm_campaign=user-share January 12, 2018 1:59 PM Log in to Reply Andrew C. Pope Sorry, that should have read Durbin’s “accusation” has been corroborated by Lindsay Graham, via Tim Scott, and other folks that were in the room. I regret the error and blame others. January 12, 2018 2:36 PM Log in to Reply Dave Bearse Perhaps some other aspects of Trump are rubbing off on Perdue like Trump’s dimwittedness rubbing off on Cornyn. Trump and Perdue did get back to work by playing the links together recently. Or maybe instead of Trump rubbing off on Perdue, Trump rubbed off Perdue’s veneer exposing what’s underneath. January 13, 2018 12:04 AM Log in to Reply Noway2016 That would be “They’re…” back… January 12, 2018 5:11 PM Log in to Reply Ellynn I’m a bad typist and dyslexic. January 13, 2018 1:16 AM Log in to Reply Chatsprint Plausible deniability at its finest….”we do not recall” So let me be the first to call Perdue And Cotton “damn liars” Durbin stated the comment was made more than once. That is not something you do not recall. If slurring other countries by the POTUS does not register in the mind of a US Senator present in an immigration meeting as something you should recall, neither belong in office January 12, 2018 2:11 PM Log in to Reply Benevolus Perdue has zero credibility at this point. I was actually mildly hopeful that he would be a reasonable Senator, and that’s me speaking as a Dem. But he has been disappointing in almost everything he has made the news for. How far we have fallen in trying to fill Sam Nunn’s shoes. Draft-dodging, Max Cleland -attacking Chambliss, and then this sycophantic empty suit. It could have been worse though. At least he beat Kingston. I guess we can be thankful for that. January 12, 2018 4:26 PM Log in to Reply Ellynn Another one Noway missed. https://www.wsj.com/articles/trump-lawyer-arranged-130-000-payment-for-adult-film-stars-silence-1515787678 January 12, 2018 3:23 PM Log in to Reply Andrew C. Pope Let me predict Noway’s response: FAKE NEWZ! The WSJ is famous for its liberal bias! LOL at the libs at the WSJ trying to attack Trump. #MAGA #TrumpTrain Plus there’s nothing wrong with having an affair while your wife is at home raising your newborn son! Just like there’s nothing wrong about a 30 year old man using his position as a district attorney to molest teenagers! January 12, 2018 3:41 PM Log in to Reply Noway2016 Lemme do my best James Carville: “Is jus’ about sex! Everbody lies about day sex life. It got nuthin’ to do wit his work!” It sure is nice living rent-free inside that vacant head of yours! LMAO! January 12, 2018 5:05 PM Log in to Reply Noway2016 I know this story is breaking but are there credible allegations of rape here or did Trump tell the young woman to “put some ice on that?” January 12, 2018 5:52 PM Log in to Reply Ellynn Your defection through using the atrocities done to Juanita Broaddrick doesn’t make the WSJ story any less relevant or Trump any less a cheating jack a$$. The only thing you can count on is that both women will be demonized, both stories will be swept under the carpet for political reasons, the other side will be outraged so long as they don’t get caught in their own scandals, and the wife will defend her spouse. And in the end the chances of anything really changing is null, because the 1/3 of the country who will always love either President Clinton/Trump does did not care what he did/does when his zipper is down and will always think he is a great man. What has changed is after decades of remaining silent, women are now showing us the extent of how bad they have been treated, and they have had enough. Maybe, just maybe, if the current climate of women coming forward and actually being believed had happened 30 years ago, Ms. Broaddrick would have been believed or felt safe enough to take her story public before the status of limitation ran out. Again, none of this defecltion absolves other men of their actions. January 13, 2018 2:03 AM Log in to Reply Ellynn Deflection… I meant deflection. January 13, 2018 2:25 AM Log in to Reply Noway2016 You forgot to capitalize here. It’s “The Great Man.” And I was just pointing out that this story is really young. And cheating is wrong, to be sure. But I didn’t know if Trump committed an act of brutal violence against his partner or if, to quote Serpenthead, it was “just sex.” Inquiring minds ‘n all. January 13, 2018 7:39 AM Log in to Reply Andrew C. Pope Me: “Hey, 2016 Paul Ryan, Donald Trump just said that a federal judge couldn’t oversee the Trump University lawsuits because he’s Mexican-American. What are your thoughts?” Ryan: “I regret those comments that he made. I don’t think — claiming a person can’t do their job because of their race is sorta the textbook definition of a racist comment. I think that should be absolutely disavowed. It’s absolutely unacceptable.” Me: “Hey, 2018 Paul Ryan, Donald Trump just said that African countries are ‘s—holes’ and that we shouldn’t allow any more Haitians into our country, and that we need more Norwegian immigrants. What are your thoughts?” Ryan: “I read those comments late last night, the first thing that came to my mind was very unfortunate, unhelpful.” ^ This is what cowardice looks like folks. The only consolation is that Paul Ryan’s epitaph will one day read “aided and abetted a racist so that he could take healthcare and Social Security away from millions of Americans.” January 12, 2018 5:45 PM Log in to Reply Dave Bearse A crushing effective nine sentences on the current state of the establishment GOP, IMHO. January 13, 2018 12:10 AM Log in to Reply Noway2016 You know you want to: Go ahead and put a fascist reference in there somewhere! Make the Liberal Reflexive Response (LRR) complete! You’ll feel better, I swear! January 12, 2018 6:04 PM Log in to Reply Ellynn I was at my college roommate’s child’s engagement party tonight at a gun club. Lots of millennials. So I tested out Ginny’s post on the millennial knowing the “Goldwater Rule”. I can report back to us Gen Y, Generation X, and Boomers – not only do they not know what the “Goldwater Rule” is, this group of young conservative didn’t now that ‘gold water’ was an actual person, or why he is relevant to being the conservatives they tell me they are… Sigh. I now feel old. January 13, 2018 2:18 AM Log in to Reply gt7348b Don’t feel old, I’m between Gen X and millennials, and I know what the Goldwater Rule is. I feel old because this fall most of the college freshman were born in 2000. January 13, 2018 3:13 PM Log in to Reply Dave Bearse Conservative Member of Parliament on Trump canceling a trip to London to dedicate a new US embassy because of Trump’s fear of fear of ego-damaging mass protests: “While I think it’s a shame, I think—if I’m honest—it more reflects the fact that other people criticise in French, Italian, Korean and other languages and we criticise in English, and it’s much easier for him to read English.” (Naturally Trump’s excuse the nex embassy was an Obama mistake, when the US embassy move was began under George Bush. Hey, Paul Ryan blaming Obama when the GM Janesville Assembly plant in Ryan’s district closed on Bush’s watch worked for Ryan.) The MP was close, but not quite there. Yeah, Trump’s ego is an unstable fragile thing as evidenced with this statement from Trump’s doosy WSJ interview (comments on part of the interview here: https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2018/01/president-trump-gave-an-interview-to-the-wall-street-journal-about-his-ideas-for-the-wall.html): “That’s one of the reasons NBC hates me so much. NBC hates me so much they wanted – they were desperate to sign me for – for three more years.” But the issue isn’t Trump reading English, but that it’s easier for Fox & Friends hosts to read the criticism in English, before spinning it and reading it to Trump. Trump is so enthralled of Fox & Friends that he tweets support for a Fox & Friends viewpoint within the hour of its broadcast, and of such dimished capacity that he doesn’t realize the criticism conflicts with his very own WH policy,. From the link below. [Trump] saw the word “controversial” and “FISA” in a “Fox and Friends” chyron and remembered that it was the program used to conduct surveillance of Trump campaign aides Carter Page and Paul Manafort.” “Less than 11 hours before the tweet, though, the White House reiterated its position in favor of said reauthorization …” because of the foreign surveillance element in the reauthorization. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2018/01/11/trump-just-torpedoed-his-own-administrations-position-on-fisa/?utm_term=.d3915e89d211 Trump, after Paul Ryan’s 30 minute explanation to Trump of the difference between foreign and domestic surveillance, was on it like white on rice with the tweet “ With that being said, I have personally directed the fix to the unmasking process since taking office and today’s vote is about foreign surveillance of foreign bad guys on foreign land. We need it! Get smart! January 13, 2018 2:34 AM Log in to Reply Noway2016 CNN is like a 5 year old who says his first cuss word. Giggling at the “badness” of it all. What’s next? Will Don Lemon squeal and lean over to Wolf and say, “Pull my finger…”? http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2018/01/cnn-goes-off-shthole-shtstorm-mentions-shthole-least-36-times-one-night-video/ January 13, 2018 7:59 AM Log in to Reply Noway2016 But of course they are!! Weeniefication complete! https://nypost.com/2018/01/12/are-skirts-the-next-mens-fashion-trend/ January 13, 2018 2:45 PM Log in to Reply Noway2016 But of course she is….LOL! Surprised she’d challenge a sitting Dem but, hey, I’m sure she’ll get The Hag’s endorsement. Fellow Leakers gotta stick together! http://news.trust.org/item/20180113195534-6m9gn January 14, 2018 8:04 AM Log in to Reply Add a Comment Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.