Morning Reads – Monday, February 19, 2018

I’m filling in for Will.

The most obvious headline of the day is…

And the weirdest headline of the day is….

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Indypendant
Indypendant

Much thanks to you Babushka for not mentioning the criminal indictments. The rubles are in the mail.

Will Durant
Will Durant

So I’m picturing the response to the Whatareyouinfor question will not go over well in prison when it is “I plied a goat with whiskey and cocaine”.

Benevolus
Benevolus

I am a gun owner, and I intend to remain one, but the NRA needs to be treated like the terrorist organization that they are. Candidates who take money from the NRA should be treated like candidates who take money from the KKK.
We can protect gun ownership AND implement reasonable regulations without the influence of an organization who trades children’s lives for profit, over and over, year after year.
The NRA must be marginalized. We voters must sanction them and maybe they will come to the table. And if not, so be it, we’ll proceed without them. Enough is enough.

bethebalance
bethebalance

I suspect that there is a non-profit ( a C4 or a PAC), that either is, or soon will be, attempting to get more info to voters about NRA campaign donations (perhaps Americans for Responsible Solutions?). That info will help, but there’s also several other totally American ways to address NRA’s stature. One is to advocate against them in order to reduce their membership and donor base, using policy preferences of many current members to combat the organization’s policy preferences. Another is to outspend them, and show elected officials the actual policy preferences of the many. Either way, you have… Read more »

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

A tough weekend for Trump. The golf trip to Florida was a bust after aides told him the American people wouldn’t appreciate his hard work on the golf course. That left him nothing to do but tweet about his campaign’s total vindication, and fume in the clubhouse as school children—well-to-do and for the most part white kids, not riff-raff black lives matter types—called him out for weak and ineffectual leadership.

xdog
xdog

Those Parkland kids are tough and they’re furious. I look forward to their meeting with President Deflection on Wednesday.

Raleigh
Raleigh

So we are going to draw an alignment of the NRA and its members to the KKK, go ahead and call us NAZI’s, Racist, clinging to our guns and bibles while you are at it. If I was Trump I would ask those Parkland kids what they thought about the FBI’s claim that they couldn’t find a person that created a post “I’m going to become a professional school shooter” and it was even signed by the actual shooter. With all the history with this guy NO ONE put him on a list to ban him purchasing a firearm? They… Read more »

Benevolus
Benevolus

Resistance is futile. The NRA will lose this battle. Eventually. Hopefully sooner rather than later. I think the scale has tipped. There is NO excuse for this carnage.

Raleigh
Raleigh

That is the way things go, you win some and lose some. I’m sure the NRA will continue to work for their cause effectively. I agree there is no excuse for this but lets find out why the background check system failed. No doubt this guy should have never been allowed to have a gun. The system is design to prevent it. Now we need to know why it failed. This is not the first time it has failed because someone failed to get critical information in the system. Lets find out why and correct it before we pass more… Read more »

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

How about we enforce the laws we have on the books? They did. None of the “history” likely appeared in his background check. For that, you can thank the NRA (and the ACLU and a host of other organizations) which have resisted moving background checks beyond criminal convictions, adjudicated mental health orders, and institutionalization. The problem isn’t a lack of law enforcement. The problem is that the laws they’re trying to enforce suck. By the way, you’ve now got an entire generation of young people – like me – who were still in grade school when Columbine happened and are… Read more »

Benevolus
Benevolus

I will say this though: I expect Dems who have been taking NRA money to step up now and say “no more”. And we will need the Warren Buffets of the world to step up and replace that money. I would like to think that the Kochs and Adelsons would also step up, but I fear they have higher priorities than preventing school shootings.

Indypendant
Indypendant

Take the NRA’s money and then legislate against them!

Chatsprint
Chatsprint

” the FBI’s claim that they couldn’t find a person…”
That was never the FBI’s claim. Something you just made up perhaps?

“If I was Trump I would ask those Parkland kids what they thought…”
That’s how YOU would handle it huh ?
yeah, we really need that moron “punching back” at a group of kids that just experienced a life altering trauma.

Raleigh
Raleigh

These park land “kids” are high school students that want to discuss the issues. Let’s don’t short them again and give them an accurate picture of what happened and why it happened. I made it up, OK I’m that clever and I got these news agencies and 1000’s more to go along with what I “made up” For those of you with Fox News derangements syndrome no Fox News sources were quoted here. FBI got tip on alleged Florida shooter Nikolas Cruz in January, but didn’t ‘follow protocols’ https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/fbi-got-tip-parkland-shooter-nikolas-cruz-january-didn-t-n848681 FBI was warned — twice — about Florida shooter’s deadly threats.… Read more »

Chatsprint
Chatsprint

and in absolutely zero of those stories does it state that “the FBI couldn’t find a person”.

Procedures were not followed and a proper investigation was not conducted, which is a very long way from your statement.

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

yeah, we really need that moron “punching back” at a group of kids that just experienced a life altering trauma In all seriousness, every kid in that room has a better understanding of how government works than the President does. I highly doubt that staff lets POTUS walk into a room with a bunch of pissed-off kids that are all significantly more intelligent than he is. I think Raleigh is incorrect to place all the blame on the FBI and background checks. This guy didn’t have any felonies or domestic violence misdemeanors. In fact, he didn’t have any criminal record.… Read more »

Raleigh
Raleigh

Yes the FBI could have done a better job and no they are not perfect, nobody is. We do have to analyze what failed. Is the FBI over burdened? Is the FBI the right place for this? These are legitimate questions to ask too. There are many questions that need to be ask to analyze what is wrong with the system. That should be done and then seriously looked at without the politics of left vs. right to obscure a real solution. If you took away this guys gun did you really fix the underlying problem? Ok he has no… Read more »

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

If we could arrest that student why not this guy? It’s called the First Amendment, that’s why. I haven’t seen any reporting that the shooter here made specific, actionable threats of violence, which would be necessary for a “terroristic threats” charge. If you want a new law that criminalizes generalized statements about shooting up a school, then I’m curious why you’re okay with curtailing First Amendment rights but not Second Amendment ones. I understand he was on the radar of several agency’s and had been in trouble with local law enforcement. But none of that stuff gets reported into the… Read more »

Benevolus
Benevolus

Same old story.
Same old response: There is a solution that works. It has worked in many locations, many environments, over a long period of time. It is gun control. Stricter regulation.
There are no examples of more guns causing less gun violence.
Why does anyone dispute this? Isn’t it obvious?

Will Durant
Will Durant

How Unwitting Americans Encountered Russian Operatives Online
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/18/us/politics/russian-operatives-facebook-twitter.html
“About a dozen people protested against what they called the threat of radical Islam at the Islamic Da’Wah Center in Houston in May 2016. They were met by a much larger crowd of counterprotesters. Both sides, it turned out, were organized by Russian groups.”

“The Russian attempt at long-distance choreography was playing out in many cities across the United States. Facebook has disclosed that about 130 rallies were promoted by 13 of the Russian pages, which reached 126 million Americans with provocative content on race, guns, immigration and other volatile issues.”

Chatsprint
Chatsprint

“Facebook has disclosed that about 130 rallies were promoted by 13 of the Russian pages…”

Noway will be so disappointed when he realizes he only made it to 123 of those.

blakeage80
blakeage80

These Morning Read threads are getting out of hand. For example, today we have someone calling JS a grandma, someone talking to themselves over the course of several posts, and someone that has been scouring the internet all weekend just waiting to post articles that bolster their argument. I can’t wait for tomorrow.

Gregs
Gregs

You are not the only one who noticed this trend. “Out of hand” is an understatement. It is one thing to have a lively or even a snarky debate but some of this is way, way over the top. This is the reason I rarely comment on the daily reads. I hope that the debate can become less personal and more issue based.

Noway2016
Noway2016

Other subject. Fed back to number 1. Maybe I’m overlooking, but I don’t see another person in individual sport even close as of right now. Nickaus? Sure, but he’s not achieving anymore. I remember Jordon giving him his due when he passed Sampras. Jordan said with a wry smile, “I never won 15 anything…” 20 slams AND number 1?? Just freaking amazing!

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Serena
23 singles Grand Slam titles (Fed: 20)
14 doubles Grand Slam titles (Fed: 0, never made it past QF)
First World No. 1 in 2002 (Fed: 2004)
319 weeks at No. 1 (Fed: 303)
85.76% win percentage (Fed: 82%)
Gave birth to a live human being (Fed: 0)

Plus, the women’s field has been way more competitive than the men the past few years.

Noway2016
Noway2016

Yes!!!!!!!! I was thinking men only. Good catch.

Ellynn
Ellynn

Navratilova still holds a few records that have not been broken, including the most Grand Slam titles (singles, double, mixed doubles) won by a player, male or female. I think she still holds the most consecutive weeks ranked no. 1 too. She held it around three years in the mid 80’s.

Noway2016
Noway2016

Very, very true! She’s a badass! She is THE top placeholder eith all you mentioned! I’m surprised she hasn’t become a super coach for a high profile male champion…