Morning Reads – Thursday, March 29, 2018

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

Jimmy Carter

Sweet Tea

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xdog
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.

Andrew C. Pope
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.

xdog
xdog

I hadn’t thought of Graffinino in years.

Noway2016
Noway2016
chamblee54
chamblee54

https://chamblee54.wordpress.com/2018/03/29/gerrymandering/
Gerrymandering is like the weather. Many people complain, but few know how it works.

Dave Bearse
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… Read more »

ScottNAtlanta
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

Noway2016
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.

Ellynn
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

xdog
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

Noway2016
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!!!

Andrew C. Pope
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).

Noway2016
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?

Benevolus
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.

Andrew C. Pope
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… Read more »

Ellynn
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.

Will Durant
Will Durant
Will Durant
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.”

Dave Bearse
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.

Andrew C. Pope
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… Read more »

Dave Bearse
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.

Benevolus
Benevolus

Bezos vs. Trump?
Epic!

Andrew C. Pope
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.

Benevolus
Benevolus

$120 billion vs. $3 billion!