March 29, 2018 5:26 AM HomeMorning ReadsMorning Reads – Thursday, March 29, 2018 Morning Reads – Thursday, March 29, 2018 By Jessica Szilagyi Morning Reads 24 Comments It’s Sine Die! I’m not sure if we should be thankful it’s about over or terrified it’s at the point where it’s “about over.” Peaches The mess that Georgia made out of distracted driving Just one more on the late Governor Zell Miller Georgian makes way to Trump legal defense team PSC Commissioner under fire from Watchdog group for deleting texts Is Gwinnett a microcosm of transporation plans to come? New immigration plan by Gergia lawmakers is “the worst yet.” Local democrat party in Muscogee has much bigger plans The state of the Internet sales tax Jimmy Carter Conservative feathers ruffled over all the wrong things Trump approval rating hovers at 45% Center says 1 in 10 will pay more in taxes next year thanks to tax law Why are states so strapped fro cash? Sweet Tea The Roseanne comeback has stunned Hollywood…for political reasons The evolution of the karate chopping turtle Self-driving car pulled over, ticketed. Speaking of AI…using facial recognition to target jaywalkers Duck gets prosthetic boots #MeToo movement prompts sexual harassment training for students who harass teachers Share this:TwitterFacebookTumblrRedditEmailPrint Related About Author jszilagyi5 24 Comments xdog It’s Opening Day in America and for the only time this year I’ll cite George Will. Here’s his annual baseball quiz. March 29, 2018 7:22 AM Log in to Reply Andrew C. Pope I like to spend Opening Day remembering past seasons. For example, here’s the Braves’ Opening Day lineup from 1998: Walt Weiss (6), Tony Graffinino (4), Chipper Jones (5), Andres Galarraga (3), Ryan Klesko (7), Michael Tucker (9), Eddie Perez (2), Andruw Jones (8), Greg Maddux (1). Braves bested the Brewers in a walk-off 2-1 win at Turner Field. Kerry Lightenberg was the winning pitcher and a future Brave, Bob Wickman, took the loss. March 29, 2018 9:22 AM Log in to Reply xdog I hadn’t thought of Graffinino in years. March 29, 2018 10:15 AM Log in to Reply Noway2016 Next time: center mass! http://www.kptv.com/story/37833461/southern-oregon-homeowner-shoots-burglary-suspect-in-leg March 29, 2018 7:56 AM Log in to Reply chamblee54 https://chamblee54.wordpress.com/2018/03/29/gerrymandering/ Gerrymandering is like the weather. Many people complain, but few know how it works. March 29, 2018 10:18 AM Log in to Reply Dave Bearse I can’t let words connected to one of my very favorite authors, Mark Twain, go without cheering them: AUTHOR: Mark Twain (1835–1910) QUOTATION: Everybody talks about the weather, but nobody does anything about it. ATTRIBUTION: Generally, but perhaps mistakenly, attributed to MARK TWAIN. It has never been verified in his writings. Many quotation dictionaries credit Charles Dudley Warner, a friend of Twain’s, with this remark. But what Warner actually wrote, in an editorial in the Hartford (Connecticut) Courant, August 27, 1897, p. 8, was: “A well known American writer said once that, while everybody talked about the weather, nobody seemed to do anything about it.” Later, Robert U. Johnson, in his autobiography, Remembered Yesterdays, p. 322 (1923), says, “Nor have I ever seen in print Mark’s saying about the weather, ‘We all grumble about the weather, but—but—but nothing is done about it.’” The true author remains a debatable subject, and the quotation remains a popular one. March 29, 2018 10:44 PM Log in to Reply ScottNAtlanta Rasmussen is not a credible pollster Jessica. Quit referencing them without naming them. Its dishonest. The RCP AVERAGE is 41.5% approve 53.0% Disapprove Then again, you can keep doing it, make conservatives complacent and they wont vote…your choice March 29, 2018 11:34 AM Log in to Reply Noway2016 Respectfully hoping you’re wrong. I’m curious as to October’s polling numbers. Anything before that will be hot stove league stuff. But that doesn’t mean we won’t enjoy jousting with each other until then. March 29, 2018 12:02 PM Log in to Reply Ellynn His approve is moving up in general, but he still has the lowest historically of any president at this point in his term for every pollster and whatever starting point they use. Republicans in general are going up. https://www.axios.com/polls-show-democrats-edge-over-gop-slides-ahead-of-midterm-elections-a2f7ab97-8918-4541-ac21-c3eea80da02c.html March 29, 2018 12:38 PM Log in to Reply xdog President GoodWarTrading has hired a new lawyer and I knew his name was familiar. Turns out he’s got lots of Georgia ties. He also got rich seizing assets until the state put an end to it. “Just because you’re not a Beltway lawyer doesn’t mean you don’t know what you’re doing”, says Ekonomou. Maybe not but if I was hiring I know what kind I’d want. https://talkingpointsmemo.com/edblog/contingency-lawyer-medieval-historian-is-trumps-new-lead-counsel March 29, 2018 11:46 AM Log in to Reply Noway2016 Interesting stat. Rosanne kicked teetotal butt in ratings. But not even in top 20 or 30 in LA and NY. Flyover country spoke fairly loudly. Will it matter later in the year? I suspect it will. Enough from a flu-ridden Noway on this subject. I’ll leave to my good natured competition on here for their thesis length analysis. Ohhhhh, I hope yall are watching Billions!! Seriously, Bobby Axelrod is the Risen Jesus!!! March 29, 2018 12:20 PM Log in to Reply Andrew C. Pope Roseanne’s ratings probably have less to do with politics and a lot more to do with the target demographic. The show ran from 1988 to 1997, the folks who are nostalgic for that show are the only demographic that still watches traditional TV. It’s the same reason NBC is rebooting Mad About You. Traditional television viewing among millennials has been dropping dramatically for years now. My wife and I haven’t had cable for the past 3 years and watch everything via streaming services (something which isn’t picked up in Nielsen ratings). March 29, 2018 10:04 PM Log in to Reply Noway2016 Which streaming do you use? And, say, you wanna watch espn or something, you’re able to stream networks like that, too? Same with Fox or Cnn? March 30, 2018 8:21 AM Log in to Reply Benevolus I think the only thing I can’t get is local PBS with my Roku/DirecTV Now. I got an antenna for that but I can’t get it with that either (even with it in the attic). Their antenna is out at Stone Mountain and I am on the opposite side of town. I am hoping PBS here makes a deal soon to be included with DirecTV Now. But yes, ESPN, CNN… I wouldn’t know about Fox. Ha! Yes, Fox too, but you really shouldn’t watch that. It’s bad for you. March 30, 2018 8:53 AM Log in to Reply Andrew C. Pope I have a smart TV and an Apple TV both have access to Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, and the various “apps” for the different networks: ABC, NBC, PBS, CNN, TNT, CBS, ESPN, MLB, NBA, etc. Some of those apps require a cable subscription, which I get around by using my parents’ or my in-laws’ cable log-in. That gives me access to ESPN, NFL Sunday Ticket, CNN, and a couple other channels. I’ve got an antenna to pick-up the traditional over the air channels. There are new services out there that let you stream live TV without a cable subscription. Youtube offers one, Directv offers one, Dish has one. They even come with cloud-based DVRs. Basically it lets you pair down a lot of the fluff channels and not have to worry about renting a cable box or satellite dish. Makes the monthly cost lower. March 30, 2018 9:00 AM Log in to Reply Ellynn I’m surprised GPB does not have a livestream. I can stream the main PBS feed out of Wisconsin off their web site (The Wisconsin Channel Livestream), I just pull up the page on the Smart TV or my 17 inch HD laptop and feed it into the TV and then do a full pic. March 30, 2018 9:41 AM Log in to Reply Will Durant A day late and a yuan short: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/23/upshot/globalization-pain-and-promise-for-rich-nations.html March 29, 2018 5:34 PM Log in to Reply Will Durant Trump hates Amazon, Not Facebook https://www.axios.com/white-house-amazon-trump-business-c57d94d6-defd-4781-a280-e59827c8ae65.html After this was published Amazon stock lost $57 Billion yesterday. Is someone in the Trump circle shorting them? And today from the NYT: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/29/us/politics/trump-amazon-taxes.html Where again the WH reiterates his falsehood that Amazon is getting a free ride from the taxpayers with USPS. From the Axios article: “The whole post office thing, that’s very much a perception he has,” another source said. “It’s been explained to him in multiple meetings that his perception is inaccurate and that the post office actually makes a ton of money from Amazon.” March 29, 2018 5:43 PM Log in to Reply Dave Bearse “Is someone in the Trump circle shorting them?” Interesting. I’d be interested in a few sentences from one of the site’s legal eagles (looking at you, Mr. Pope) on the legality on doing so for a range of possibilities; such as a staff member overhearing Trump bitching about Amazon to someone else in another room a few times during the week and shorting it Friday morning, as well as friends of friends of the President that directly conversed with Trump about Amazon. March 29, 2018 10:55 PM Log in to Reply Andrew C. Pope Under the STOCK Act: “no executive branch employee may use non-public information derived from such person’s position … or gained from performance of … [their] official responsibilities as a means for making a private profit.” Any executive branch employee (including the President and Vice President) who trades on non-public information obtained in their position (even overheating someone else talking about it) is committing securities fraud and can be prosecuted. Also, STOCK Act is broader than insider trading and penalizes the disclosure of non-public information to others, even thise outside the government, if they’ll use it in an effort to make a profit. None of this should matter because the folks at OGE and in the WH Counsel’s office should have worked with these folks to set up blind trusts or divest from stocks which could create possible conflicts… then again, this Adminustration has been committing numerous ethical violations on a daily basis, so it would be silly to think anyone at the White House actually cares about the STOCK Act. March 29, 2018 11:35 PM Log in to Reply Dave Bearse Thanks for the prompt response. Sounds like it covers information given to friends, though, as was I think demonstrated with Phil Mickelson, proving those friends guilty may be difficult. March 30, 2018 1:08 AM Log in to Reply Benevolus Bezos vs. Trump? Epic! March 30, 2018 8:02 AM Log in to Reply Andrew C. Pope One of the world’s most successful businessmen v. a guy that played one on TV. Owner of one of the country’s most storied newspapers v. the publisher of Trump magazine Actual entrepreneur v. spoiled trust fund kid who inherited daddy’s business Guy comfortable being bald v. guy trying way too hard with that weave. March 30, 2018 8:10 AM Log in to Reply Benevolus $120 billion vs. $3 billion! March 30, 2018 8:36 AM Log in to Reply Add a Comment Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.