Morning Reads for Tuesday, May 8

Good morning! If you only click on one of these links, click on this New Yorker piece about Officer Patrick Skinner, a Savannah native who joined the Savannah Police Department following a career with the CIA.

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Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

As someone who has seen Hamilton twice, folks should absolutely go. The live performance puts the cast album to shame and the touring company is insanely talented. GO! GO! GO!

Will Durant
Will Durant

Thank you for that New Yorker link Teri. An absolute gem of an article.
I was tempted to quote a couple of the good parts but they’re all good parts.

Noway2016
Noway2016

Finally a US prez with balls. Every pres since Bush 1 said thry were gonna move our embassy, yet none ever did. Till now! Keeping promises! MAGA!
https://m.jpost.com/Israel-News/In-honor-of-Trump-Jerusalem-square-near-American-embassy-named-for-him-554752#/

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Same intel group Harvey Weinstein used to dig up dirt on his accusers now retained by opponents of Iran deal to spy on US citizens

https://mobile.nytimes.com/2018/05/07/us/politics/iran-deal-benjamin-rhodes-black-cube.html#click=https://t.co/quGU3WFiK0

Noway2016
Noway2016

Interesting point, at least to me. I’ve done op research on political candidates for years on the private side of my business. Govs, sens, cong, the whole gamut. Myself and the folks I worked eith in gathering info never, ever put anything false in any report. Today, however, any BS rumor makes it to publication. Whether it may be the Rhodes guy in this article or Trump’s pee story, if it ain’t true it’s never provided to the client. Period. And…I should have charged more! 10 mill for Fusion GPS?!? I’m jealous.

Benevolus
Benevolus

Is that supposed to be some example of your ethical virtue? You have to be paid to tell the truth? Because you sure don’t worry about that around here.

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

There’s a distinct difference between opposition research on political candidates and digging for dirt on private citizens and their families. Congress should be investigating this.

Ellynn
Ellynn

I quoted the original New Yorker link on that story yesterday… You are pulling a Noway, falling behind here. 😉

Noway2016
Noway2016

You Weenies all right with “No borders” like Socialist Ellison?
https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/keith-ellison-sports-i-dont-believe-in-borders-t-shirt

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

So this offends you but the President calling Mexicans rapists and white supremacists “fine people” is totally cool?

bethebalance
bethebalance

Outside of political implications, borders are worthless. E.g., the weather doesn’t believe in borders. God certainly sees through and past them. Indigenous residents have been shuffled over and across borders based upon random use of force. So, yeah, borders have political/national value, but it’s nice to know he has a vision beyond them. He can believe in Heaven, too, but I won’t hold it against him. As long as he finds the way to balance Heaven and Earth, borders and a world without them.

Benevolus
Benevolus

I know. At first glance it seems kinda crazy, but what would the details be? Could our police cross the border? Would it put a lot of illegality out of business? Would it improve Mexico’s economy, thereby lessening the immigration?
I know there was a time in Europe (maybe still this way) where you could drive from one EU country to another in some places where the border crossing wasn’t even staffed.

The countries of the world are going to gravitate towards economic balance whether we like it or not. Building walls doesn’t really change that.

Noway2016
Noway2016

For Balance – Worthless? So, you’re ok with some other person building their own home in your fromt yard? On your property? That you paid for? Yes?

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

That’s not a border, moron.

Noway2016
Noway2016

Snivler, of course it is. It’s his personal border. Perfect analogy. Don’t you get tired of getting schooled every single day? On literally everything you post here? God, you’re a genuine idiot!

bethebalance
bethebalance

Property lines are technically boundaries (or metes maybe?), but sometimes we use border or boundary interchangeably. But I was talking abt national borders. But the same principles apply to any borders- they are things we create so we can administer ownership. But life itself doesn’t care, much like the rain runoff doesn’t care which lawn it flows over. So they are for administration of ownership, but it’s important to recognize that many of the world’s and planetary forces DGAF abt them.

Ellynn
Ellynn

You know what happens if I build on your property from mine? You take me to court, I pay damages.

Know what happen if the US government builds on your property? They claim it’s for national security, take it from you at Market price (after they lowered it value by building on it) and then have a huge MAGA party for protecting you from me, your neighbor. (And I now don’t have to hear libturd screamed at me across my yard.)

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Yeah it’s only a “perfect analogy” if you’re an idiot that doesn’t know what they’re talking about.

Noway2016
Noway2016

Ok. So I’ll call the squatters and have them come over to Balance’s yard and make like an Occupy Wall Street rally and ruin his property, shit inhis yard and generally trash the place he and his family worked so hard to save for. Hecan obediantly dmile while all of this happens. You folks are so in the tank for this socialist agenda that I wouldn’t be totally surprised if y’all actually allowed that to happen! You too, Sniv, invite all the homeless to your spare bedroom. After all, you ain’t using it every day. Thank Jesus himself people with… Read more »

bethebalance
bethebalance

Dude, you either don’t read or don’t comprehend.
Or both.

Noway2016
Noway2016

Same applies for national borders, Bal.

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

http://theweek.com/articles/771381/what-catholics-have-sacrificed-by-allying-republican-evangelicals

Interesting look at the sacrifices Catholics have made in their political alliance with Evangelicals.

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Just a heads up as Trump heads to the podium to discuss the Iran deal…

His Secretary of State, Secretary of Defense, and Director of National Intelligence have all repeatedly stated that Iran is not in violation of the agreement.

bethebalance
bethebalance

I have mixed feelings about this move. I definitely dislike the unilateral approach, and it may end in WWIII, but if that’s going to happen, it would surely happen at some point or other anyways…

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Here’s why I’m opposed: Trump isn’t tearing up the deal because Iran isn’t complying with the deal. To the contrary, the Secretary of State, Secretary of Defense, and Director of National Intelligence say Iran is in compliance. So does the IAEA. So do our allies. So does Russia. So does China. So does everyone in Israel not named Netanyahu. No one has introduced any evidence that Iran is in violation of the agreement, not even Israel or Saudi Arabia, two countries that would love nothing more than to see this deal torn apart. Trump’s qualm is that it’s a “bad… Read more »

bethebalance
bethebalance

Yeah, all that. The unilateral approach does away with the option for more stable re-negotiations, with more multilateral bargaining power. It’s not the approach most likely to succeed, so I hope the odds are otherwise in our favor.

Ellynn
Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Herein lies the great challenge. US sanctions alone aren’t a sufficient deterrent to Iran. Does Trump have the guts to follow through on his sanction threats when Russian, Chinese, European countries and corporations continue to do business with Iran?

chefdavid
chefdavid

Right here in Chattanooga.
“An investigation determined Jordan had been threatening another man with a handgun. Another person, identified as a gun carry permit holder, intervened in an effort to protect the man being threatened.”
http://epaper.timesfreepress.com/Olive/ODN/TimesFreePress/PrintArticle.aspx?doc=ChatTFPress%2F2018%2F05%2F08&entity=ar00711&ts=20180508065237&uq=20180422050356&mode=text

Noway2016
Noway2016

Chef, the link is subscription only. Do uou have details?

Benevolus
Benevolus

I can’t read the story but it sounds like a good example of how gun regulation/permits can work.

Will Durant
Will Durant

Or when Tom Berenger’s Good-Guy-With-A-Gun faces down Patrick (son of John) Wayne’s GGWAG in Rustlers’ Rhapsody.

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope
Noway2016
Noway2016

It’s called negligent parents, Sniv. But let’s seize everybody’s guns to make sure it doesn’t happen again! Let’s also outlaw boiling water, too, which injures more infants each year than does this doofus mistake!

Benevolus
Benevolus

No need to “seize all guns”, moron. But whoever was in charge there should not be able to have a gun again for a long time. (Gun regulation.) And perhaps, if you are going to run a daycare and have a gun on the premises, you should be required to attend a gun safety course. Seems reasonable. Just a little regulation here and there can make a difference.

Will Durant
Will Durant

The Tampa article on the Water Wars has the same fallacy of most from Florida by demonizing metro Atlanta and the Army Corps of Engineers focusing on the 5% drainage area of the ACF basin into Lake Lanier.

Noway2016
Noway2016
Ellynn
Ellynn
Ellynn
Ellynn

That’s just a part of the transcript. Here the whole 16 mins of segment.

http://www.msnbc.com/morning-joe/watch/the-intellectual-dark-web-and-having-civil-debate-1228134979570

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

“My voice is being oppressed by mainstream, established media” — a 34 year old woman who is a paid columnist for the New York Times

Weiss consistently decries “safe spaces” and attacks on free speech yet fails to own up to her efforts as a Columbia student to get a professor fired because he was pro-Palestinian

Ellynn
Ellynn

Some American companies have some explaining to do… Is this Pay to Play (how Clintonish), or is it Money Laundering… or some other word? He only had 3 clients…

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/08/us/politics/michael-cohen-shell-company-payments.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&clickSource=story-heading&module=first-column-region&region=top-news&WT.nav=top-news