May 11, 2018 6:20 AM HomeMorning ReadsMorning Reads for Friday, May 11, 2018 Morning Reads for Friday, May 11, 2018 By Ginny Morning Reads 42 Comments Kaboomski! The Hammy Lottery has arrived. No take backs. Only in D-ville. Something spooky in the water. What could go wrong? Faster, please. Testify! Don’t be a slacker. Best ATL Mother’s Day Brunches. Share this:TwitterFacebookTumblrRedditEmailPrint Related About Author Ginny Get off my lawn. 42 Comments John Vestal And, by next year’s Mother’s Day, your mama shouldn’t have to wait until 12:30p to have a mimosa, bloody mary, or a shot of brown liquor (make it a double…you weren’t always the angel you are now) with her brunch. Local referendums to come. And, if you’re putting together any list of brunches in the ATL and *not* including Local Three, you’re not doing it right. Still waiting for ‘superasymetry’ to start trending. May 11, 2018 6:42 AM Log in to Reply Lea Thrace The ShAmy is permanent now! May 11, 2018 9:43 AM Log in to Reply Dave Bearse “A White House official mocked Sen. John McCain’s brain cancer diagnosis at an internal meeting on Thursday, a day after the Arizona Republican announced his opposition to President Trump’s nominee for CIA director, Gina Haspel. Special assistant Kelly Sadler made the derisive comments during a closed-door White House meeting of about two-dozen communications staffers on Thursday morning. “It doesn’t matter, he’s dying anyway,” Sadler said, according to a source familiar with the remarks at the meeting.” http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/387182-white-house-official-mocked-dying-mccain-at-internal-meeting The sources in “The Hill” column said that Sadler’s remark was a joke though. That WH correspondent’s dinner comedian can’t hold a candle to WH humor. Keep it classy, GOP! May 11, 2018 8:00 AM Log in to Reply Benevolus Not too impressed with that story about Amazon. The cost of living has apparently risen pretty dramatically in Seattle and they are trying to address that by having the companies that most contribute to the problem help solve it. Now I’m not sure how collaborative the city council there has been, but the solution probably needs to look a lot like what they are doing, they just need to negotiate. I am impressed that they have a socialist on their council! May 11, 2018 8:20 AM Log in to Reply Benevolus I just want to clarify in case it’s not obvious: Raising the “standard of living” isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but in a capitalist economy it pretty much automatically is accompanied by an increase in the “cost of living”, which leaves some people behind, especially when it comes to affordable housing. This is a responsibility that must be addressed by government. People being forced to choose between moving to places where there aren’t jobs or living in a homeless shelter in a city doesn’t help anyone. May 11, 2018 9:15 AM Log in to Reply Dave Bearse “[Seattle’s head tax on jobs in the city is] also a heavy handed threat that should remind Georgia and other states yearning for Amazon’s HQ2 project what they’d be dealing with.” The point of the column actually seems a bit turned around to me. The GaGOP would never allow Atlanta to impose such a tax. Atlanta would simply have to suck it up at its own expense. We’ve seen how the GaGOP revoked a $40M a year tax break for the state’s largest and arguably best private employer over a few thousand dollars in airfare discounts to NRA convention attendees, many or most of which weren’t even Georgia residents. May 11, 2018 9:34 AM Log in to Reply alpha male Yep. I heartily endorse this tax in Seattle.Because if it passes it will eventually mean that Amazon HQ2, whether in Atlanta or elsewhere, will become HQonly. May 11, 2018 12:54 PM Log in to Reply Benevolus So how do you think an increasing homeless population should be dealt with? There are still going to be jobs that only pay near minimum wage and those people need to live somewhere too. May 11, 2018 2:32 PM Log in to Reply Dave Bearse Nothing like Dems and McCain not promptly approving the nomination to run the CIA of someone in charge of a foreign location where secret torture occurred, arranged for the destruction of documentation of it, and can’t bring herself to state torture is immoral, to get the GOP in a huff. Fox News Military Analyst Thomas McInerney: “Well she can’t use [torture] anymore because we have determined in Congress that it’s not legal. The fact is, is John McCain — it worked on John. That’s why they call him ‘Songbird John.’ http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/387132-fox-military-analyst-says-torture-worked-on-mccain-they-call The tone and talk flow from the top. Trump said “[McCain’s] not a war hero.” And that he likes guys that don’t get captured. It’s been clear since last year that a plurality of Trump supporters voted for Trump because of his racism, crassness and low character, not in spite of it. Pride in that is a feature, not a bug, of Trump supporters. Tolerance of it is a feature, not a bug, of the GOP establishment. May 11, 2018 8:30 AM Log in to Reply Dave Bearse “Days after the US president walked away from a three-year-old deal that mandated rigorous inspections, senior administration officials said monitoring should continue regardless. Known officially as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the deal between Tehran and major world powers forces Iran to open any site to inspectors within 24 days and introduced 24-hour remote surveillance at some sites. […] Making his withdrawal announcement on Tuesday, Trump pilloried the accord for lacking mechanisms to “prevent, detect, and punish cheating” or provide immediate access to suspicious military sites. Still, the White House is demanding those inspections, however imperfect, continue under the aegis of the International Atomic Energy Agency, the UN nuclear watchdog. “We expect Iran will continue to implement the Additional Protocol and cooperate with the IAEA whether or not the JCPOA remains in place,” one senior administration official said.” https://www.yahoo.com/news/us-says-iran-nuclear-inspections-must-continue-officials-181314952.html Inspections in accordance with the terms an agreement being discarded because its inspections can’t prevent or detect cheating are a waste of time and money. Trump is a moron. Rex Tillerson couldn’t help but privately call him one. The negotiations with North Korea are fore-ordained to be a smashing success by the constellation of sycophants surrounding Trump. May 11, 2018 8:44 AM Log in to Reply Benevolus I don’t understand how this is supposed to play out. We back out of the Iran deal and impose sanctions, presumably to coerce them to make a different deal. But the rest of the world doesn’t go along with us on the sanctions, so we either have to sanction them too or our sanctions have minimal effect. Are we really going to sanction Europe? I can’t imagine. So Europe and China and Russia will continue to try to keep Iran non-nuclear and trade with them, and it will be up to them to intervene if Iran screws up. But we would probably intervene too just because MAGA. So if Iran reinstates it’s nuclear program everybody else will probably sanction them too and then it would be a race to see if the sanctions hurt them enough to make them renegotiate before they get a nuke. But I don’t see why you couldn’t just renegotiate with the existing agreement in place. Why throw it out? How does that improve our position? And it is no certain thing that Russia and China would sanction them anyway. If Iran continues to follow the agreement then we have effectively merely taken ourselves out of the game, with no leverage and no say-so, except the possibility that we will really antagonize our allies with possible sanctions, which is really unthinkable, isn’t it? But if we don’t force them to impose sanctions too then the whole thing is less than worthless. What is Trump betting on here? Is he really expecting Europe to just follow us even if they think it is stupid? And even if they do, what about Russia and China? Iran could probably do OK with just them as allies. And how does going through all this put us in a better position than just negotiating new agreements with the existing one in place? That was always going to be the case anyway. I don’t get it. May 11, 2018 11:13 AM Log in to Reply Benevolus Just came across this, which tries to answer my questions: https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2018/05/11/donald-trump-iran-deal-jcpoa-negotiation-plan-b-failure-column/599347002/ May 11, 2018 12:46 PM Log in to Reply Gregs No one, including Trump, knows how any of this is supposed to play out. Bluster for its own sake is the end game. “A tale told by an idiot full of sound and fury, signifying NOTHING.” May 11, 2018 3:03 PM Log in to Reply Ellynn I think I mentioned China becoming the oer layer in the Middle East earlier this week… https://www.axios.com/china-middle-east-influence-iran-deal-crude-oil-e8198eda-a1dc-4062-8ee1-0fff1e0392bb.html May 11, 2018 10:25 AM Log in to Reply Noway2016 Ladies and gentlemen I present to you the heart and soul of the Democrat Party!! http://www.theamericanmirror.com/rep-waters-offended-by-call-for-unity-i-resent-making-america-great-again/ May 11, 2018 12:55 PM Log in to Reply bethebalance And this quote that she was reacting against captures the ignorance of some Repubs: “We are trying to make sure we are making America great every day in every way and the best way to do that is to stop talking about discrimination and start talking about the nation.” As if discrimination doesn’t exist in the nation. Or you can just move past it without addressing it. I know it’s tough for some folks to get- it requires setting aside your own experiences ( Like – you may not be racist, but this isn’t about you), and listening, and believing and empathizing with other folks when they relate of their experiences. And then it requires a moral compass to address it as necessary- until it is actually addressed so that folks can actually move on. But pretending you can just move on- that’s ignorant. May 11, 2018 1:04 PM Log in to Reply bethebalance And it was all in an attempt to roll back some anti-discrimination rules. The Repub Congressman couldn’t say: Let’s just roll back antidiscrimination laws; it will make lenders more money. Because that sounds bad. And is bad. But that was the real point. The rest was the veneer of spin. May 11, 2018 1:21 PM Log in to Reply Noway2016 Let’s see…Will it be Sanders/Waters or Warren/Waters 2020? May 11, 2018 1:28 PM Log in to Reply bethebalance I am guessing Kamala Harris is in the mix. May 11, 2018 1:35 PM Log in to Reply alpha male And some of you wonder why Trump is president. SMDH May 11, 2018 1:42 PM bethebalance Backlash against principles of socioeconomic fairness was certainly part of it. Also a preference for confrontation? May 11, 2018 1:55 PM Noway2016 We can only pray that is the case… May 11, 2018 2:14 PM downthemiddle I thought the ticket was Stormy-Hogg….I guess Warren/ Sanders is at least socialist enough…Hillary’s latest excuse was she was not socialist enough and was penalized for it. Should be a scintillating platform of tax increases, gun grabbing and misery. May 12, 2018 9:05 AM Log in to Reply chamblee54 https://chamblee54.wordpress.com/2018/05/11/killed-by-police-the-end/ The chamblee54 series about police killings is winding down. It is interesting little feedback this series has generated, considering the amount of hysteria about certain well publicized cases. May 11, 2018 1:27 PM Log in to Reply Gregs “Killed by police” might not generate comments unless people feel the killing was unjust. The series seems to confirm that most shootings are just. No one would comment on a series documenting successful take off and landings at Hartsfield, but would comment on a series showing an unusual number of crashes. May 11, 2018 2:58 PM Log in to Reply Benevolus Well I have appreciated it 54. I just didn’t want to comment as I thought our host might not appreciate the regular link to your own space. But I may be wrong about that. If you had picked a particular event and commented on that as well as providing the link it might have generated more interest. I think that is valuable information your are reporting. I hope someone picks up the ball. May 11, 2018 4:09 PM Log in to Reply Andrew C. Pope Man, if only there was someone around here who enjoyed posting stories about innocent folks getting shot. May 11, 2018 4:55 PM Log in to Reply Noway2016 But isn’t it you, Mewler, who gives money to fund abortions of innocent minority children? Maybe think before you post. I know it’s a stretch but… May 11, 2018 5:43 PM Log in to Reply Andrew C. Pope Just read Trump’s grand plan to lower prescription drug prices. Novartis just got a huge return on their “investment” in Michael Cohen. May 11, 2018 3:56 PM Log in to Reply Noway2016 Still the smartest man in DC. https://www.yahoo.com/news/cheney-us-restart-harsh-interrogations-backs-haspel-145146813–politics.html May 11, 2018 5:45 PM Log in to Reply Will Durant Trolling, trolling, trolling… but what the hell, I’ve already caught a 16″ brown today. I don’t know that he is the smartest, but I will give the devil his due. Anyone who could pull off an invasion of a country that had absolutely nothing to do with 9/11 and use it as the provocation is certainly not a dummy. Also getting away with selecting himself as the VP, spending the 1st term as the de facto President… He’s right up there with Machiavelli, Goebbels, or even Ted Kaczynski in the evil genius category. Or if you prefer fictional he personally took delight in being compared to Palpatine, AKA Darth Sidious. May 12, 2018 7:37 PM Log in to Reply Noway2016 No need to thank me! https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Bb5fxqRWyLQ May 12, 2018 10:08 AM Log in to Reply Will Durant You are certainly correct that there is no reason to thank you for providing a link with no context. May 12, 2018 7:04 PM Log in to Reply Noway2016 Did you watch that video? Did you hear that crowd? Just as in 2016, everyone of them will vote in November. Every one. Now imagine TGM holding a rally like that once a week until Labor Day! After Labor Day, twice a week – minimum!!! I actually expect to see T-shirts that say Trump/Pence 2018 before too long. Great political gimmick! Folks will love it!!! Tell me, do you use Tums or Mylanta? May 12, 2018 7:52 PM Log in to Reply Will Durant “You must be standing in a hole boy. Everything I say goes Zoom, right over your head.” As I’ve stated before and as it was once forbidden here or maybe just at PP; I don’t click on links without proper context being given. Or Infowars in any context. May 12, 2018 8:06 PM Log in to Reply Noway2016 Once again…The Democrat Party. https://www.google.com/amp/amp.dailycaller.com/2018/05/11/california-bill-washington-lincoln-holidays-communist/ May 12, 2018 1:43 PM Log in to Reply Andrew C. Pope Dude who jokes about cry closets gets his panties bunched over a proposed bill that will have absolutely zero impact on him. Do you have hobbies other than scouring the Internet to find things that offend you? May 12, 2018 2:05 PM Log in to Reply downthemiddle Didn’t Hillary just say that another reason she lost is that today’s democratic party is so full of socialists that she couldn’t win because she was a capitalist? That is stunningly accurate. Those same folks only vote the way their sons, husbands and bosses tell them to vote. Another brilliant quote. Sounds like a group of misguided souls doesn’t it? Why would anyone be surprised if these folks wanted to abandon Abraham Lincoln and our Founding Fathers for a group of America loathing communists? What in the heck has happened to that party? May 13, 2018 9:34 AM Log in to Reply Noway2016 Ummmmm…guess which political party is the sponsor of this anti- 2nd Amendment legislation!!!?? A great line from “Michael” goes something like this, “Oh, thank you, Jesus, oh, thank you, Jesus!!!!” https://www.google.com/amp/www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/n-y-pol-seeks-ban-school-shooting-sports-article-1.3983224%3foutputType=amp May 12, 2018 6:37 PM Log in to Reply Noway2016 I ain’t gotta umbrella big enough for these Democrat toad stranglers… LMAO!! https://edition.cnn.com/2018/05/12/politics/sheldon-silver-conviction-corruption-charges/index.html May 12, 2018 6:46 PM Log in to Reply Noway2016 More honors for – The Great Man! https://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/football/news/top-israeli-football-team-adds-12529965 May 13, 2018 2:50 PM Log in to Reply Noway2016 This just in: French high school student David Porc is on a crusade to rid France of all forms of cutlery. Socialists swoon! May 13, 2018 10:19 PM Log in to Reply Add a Comment Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.