Morning Reads – Thursday, May 31, 2018

On this date in 1913, the 17th Amendment went into effect. It provided for popular election of US senators.

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Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Were y’all wondering if Seth Weathers was still out here being a racist clown after his client finished DFL in the Republican primary? Well, the answer is “yes.”

https://politics.myajc.com/blog/politics/georgia-gop-operative-implies-valerie-jarrett-isn-black/eHHbt92P9JE8pp4aGJ2UcO/

Will Durant
Will Durant

I’m usually having to tell Noway this but Jessica already linked this one above under “Seth Weathers makes headlines after inflammatory tweet”.

Noway2016
Noway2016

I ackowledged her post…

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Ah crap. My bad.

Noway2016
Noway2016

Thanks for this link, Jessica. “Why a strong economy won’t save Republicans in the 2018 midterms.” Don’t be too sure. TGM will be holding twice a week rallies after Labor Day just like the stem winder he did a few days ago in Nashville. And just as 2016 proved, them Deplorables vote!

ScottNAtlanta
ScottNAtlanta

Did you even read it? Gas prices are going to cost the avg family way more than any tax benefit they would have received. The unemployment #’s also dont measure those “under” employed with part time work. Just saying things are good doesnt make it so.

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

GOP tax reform has turned out to be, as far as the lower middle class and poor go, the GOP authorizing the printing of money to give to them so they can give it to oil companies. MAGA.

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

You think gas prices are bad? Wait until the new round of health insurance premiums come out. #nobueno

ScottNAtlanta
ScottNAtlanta

Oh, and those “deplorables” in Nashville? Most every republican I know in TN (including my parents who are hard core republicans) are voting for Bredesen. Marsha Blackburn burned her bridges with the TN republican party long ago. TN doesnt want a flame thrower. They want someone who is interested in working not being a fixture on cable news.

Noway2016
Noway2016

What will be the final result in the Abrams/Cagle race in November? After all of the glowing coverage she’s been getting, is there a realistic shot for her to actually win?

Raleigh
Raleigh

Cagle will win with 57% of the vote. I don’t like Cagle but in a race like this I will vote for him. The Dems are running someone who has admitted she made serious financial mistakes plus is on a payment plan for back taxes to the IRS. Is this someone you want running the executive branch of state government? How many people either resigned or was kicked of the ballot for tax problems? A few names come to mind. Unfortunately, she is blaming her problems on student loans so, according to her, it’s not really her fault. I’m sure… Read more »

ScottNAtlanta
ScottNAtlanta

Oh, so you will vote for the guy who attacks the states largest employer over an NRA discount that 17 people took advantage of. Saying that he would not allow any legislation to pass that would help Delta until they backed down??? Thats what you want to vote for??? Thats not just financial irresponsibility…thats much worse

alpha male
alpha male

He is gonna be running against Stacey freaking Abrams. So of course will vote for him. Along with between 56 and 60 % of my fellow Georgians.

The Delta tax deal, while mostly symbolic, makes me and most folks more likely to vote for him. I feel he will not give an inch to you gun grabbers. I have to admit, despite what he is saying, I am not quite as optimistic about him holding firm against the likes of Amazon or some such, and actually signing a real religious liberty bill.

But as I said, he is running against Stacey Abrams.

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

The Delta tax deal, while mostly symbolic, makes me and most folks more likely to vote for him. I feel he will not give an inch to you gun grabbers.

Man, that is such a beta move.

I have to admit, despite what he is saying, I am not quite as optimistic about him holding firm against the likes of Amazon or some such, and actually signing a real religious liberty bill.

“I know he’s a lying, two-faced coward. But he’s my lying, two-faced coward.” — alpha male on Election Day

Benevolus
Benevolus

Where are you getting your information on this? It doesn’t match what I have read.

Jack Fitz
Jack Fitz

With all due respect, Governor Deal has done a pretty decent job of running the executive branch of state government…and Lord knows his financial and ethical improprieties both prior to and during his term in office would make Bobby Axelrod blush.

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

A lot to digest here… Student loans Like Stacey Abrams, I’ve also got a law degree. As a result, I’ve got nearly $180,000 in student loan debt at the federal student loan interest rates of 6.8% and 7.9%. In an era of insanely low interest rates, this is a ridiculous amount of interest. Can I refinance these loans to a lower interest rate? Nope. If I lost my job and went bankrupt, could I discharge these loans in bankruptcy? Nope. Spelman ain’t cheap. Yale Law School ain’t cheap. I was fortunate to leave undergrad with zero debt and I got… Read more »

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

It should be noted that ol’ college dropout Cagle probably doesn’t know what student loans are.

Raleigh
Raleigh

Yes, I will vote for a guy who plays “politics”. What Cagle did was no different than anyone in any other party or are you saying the Dem’s don’t play politics with big business? They are just as guilty. The real question is why government is giving out corporate welfare. I guess the Whig party is still alive and well. Just so you know I have NEVER voted for Cagle but in that contest, I will. Its call voting against rather than for someone. This has less to do with Student loans and more to do with non-payment of her… Read more »

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

There are people who get their law degree by paying their own way without going into student loan debt. I’m not saying it’s easy but it can be done. Yeah, it’s called earning a full scholarship. (DISCLAIMER: the remainder of this post is intended to be snark-free, honest advice) Law school is incredibly expensive. Not only that, the cost of attendance doesn’t fluctuate based on the quality of the education you receive. John Marshall, a bottom-tier law school costs over $70,000 per year. Emory estimates their cost of attendance as over $77,000 per year. That’s over $230,000 for a three… Read more »

Raleigh
Raleigh

As my grandmothers said “Can’t, never did anything.” I’ll put my money on my daughter succeeding because of her drive and track record so far. I would say sorry that being a lawyer is so tough. But no I’m not sorry for you. I’m sure you could sign on with a college and teach but that too will “Suck” as any job eventually does when you have to produce something for someone else.

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

I mean if that’s your response to honest advice. Cool.

Will Durant
Will Durant

I’ve helped pay to put two kids through under and over grad schools. The days of working your way through undergrad school in conjunction with the Hope or the like are still somewhat feasible but fading fast. Grad schools are a whole different can of worms though I have no experience with law schools. I cannot conceive of working your way through grad schools without substantial help or student loans. My own estimates 35 years ago in establishing “college funds” for my kids were woefully inadequate even with a 3rd one who chose a different path. When my cash reserves… Read more »

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Why does Abrams get a pass on this? I’ll say it, is it because she is a woman and black? Who said she’s getting a pass? Stacey Evans mentioned it! We’re currently talking about it! The GOP is releasing campaign ads about it! If anything, the issue has been and is currently being put in front of the voters for them to consider when evaluating her as a candidate. That hardly constitutes a pass. When it comes to non-payment of tax obligations, or any obligations, there’s a certain person occupying the Oval Office who got a “pass” despite questionable tax… Read more »

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

House Speaker Pro Tem Jan Jones and State Senator Renee Unterman urged Dem nominee for Gov Stacey Abrams to release 10 years of tax returns in the name of transparency. I think Abrams should release at least a few years of tax returns. Jones and Unterman would better spend their time in the service of the state by doing the jobs they were elected to do, like exercising legislative oversight. For example, investigating how nobody knew a thing about Deal’s appointment of Dale Mayfield, Chief Dental Officer of Kool Smiles, to the state Board or Dentistry. Aren’t such boards within… Read more »

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Abrams should release them as soon as Donald Trump releases his.

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

I understand Abrams has committed to releasing some sometime after the runoff.

Noway2016
Noway2016

Dinesh yo be pardoned! Excellent news! Political prosecution at its worst! MDineshWholeAgain!

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Friendly reminder that D’Souza: – openly mocked the teenage survivors of the Parkland shooting because their friends died – defended Hitler from allegations that he was anti-gay – suggested the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville was staged to make the right look bad – called Barack Obama a “gay Muslim” – called Michelle Obama a man – started a conspiracy theory that the media covered up the Las Vegas’ shooter’s background anti-Trump views – used a photo of a grieving military widow – and continued to use it despite her protest – to attack football players kneeling during the national… Read more »

Noway2016
Noway2016

Since Sniv is already riled up: Read this. Ann is right as rain!
http://www.anncoulter.com/columns/2018-05-30.html

Noway2016
Noway2016

Pssssst! Hey, SnowBiscuit, you forgot your obligatory reference to my somehow being anti-black!

Benevolus
Benevolus

I’m sure the next opportunity won’t be too far away.

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

I mean… you kind of just did it for me.

Raleigh
Raleigh

He is also talking about a Pardon for Martha Stewart, Commuting Rod Blagojevich’s Sentence. So there the earths axis is tilting back to neutral status.

Ellynn
Ellynn

How is commuting a corrupt governor’s sentence, and pardoning an overrated cult of good taste and another with no personality – returning anything to a neutral status? Unless each pardon is crafted of woven weeping willow branches with silver leaf lettered Germen calligraphy, followed by your own senate seat and a under-researched & poorly written piece of self indulgent mediocre attempt at cinematography, what’s the point?

Ellynn
Ellynn

The justice guy who went after Martha was…. Drumroll… James Comey.

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

and Preet Bharara was the one who prosecuted D’Souza.

In fact, D’Souza is currently expressing his gratitude and humility on Twitter as we speak:

KARMA IS A BITCH DEPT: @PreetBharara wanted to destroy a fellow Indian American to advance his career. Then he got fired & I got pardoned— Dinesh D'Souza (@DineshDSouza) May 31, 2018

https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js

Noway2016
Noway2016

Ouch! Lol!

Benevolus
Benevolus

Did Martha even ask for a pardon? Why would she care? She’s already served her sentence and paid the fine. Does she really care if it’s on her record?

Chatsprint
Chatsprint

“somehow” ?
You wear it like a badge of honor in virtually every post.

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Trump to ban import of German luxury cars…
http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/390009-trump-to-impose-total-ban-on-luxury-german-cars-report

Has someone told him that they have factories here?

MattMD_actual
MattMD_actual

There are quite a few lawyers in my family. None of then would choose that career again if they got a do-over.

That field is saturated.

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Yeah, pretty much every associate I work with is burned out from years of grueling hours.

Noway2016
Noway2016

Ok. What is your dream job? Something that could still let you pay off your loans but make you happy going to work?

MattMD_actual
MattMD_actual

There are very few “dream jobs”, hence the term. Being a professional athlete would have been nice because I’m smart enough to bank money and invest in low risk assets. For instance, I would never buy something as grotesque as a Bentley, I would buy property or look at investments in apartment complexes. I’m in my late 30’s and I’m looking to get out of medicine before I am 45. I’ve paid back my loans but I’m tired of a lot of things: The politics, the reimbursements, the toll on my conscience on who I can see and how much,… Read more »

Noway2016
Noway2016

Given Andrew’s honest assessment of his profession, the question was for him. Trust me Sigmoid, nobody on this site gives a Rat’s about you. I’m sure the answer has some class warfare aspect but what’s your beef with radiologists? They make too much money?

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

What is your dream job? Something that could still let you pay off your loans but make you happy going to work? I’d like to teach. Not college. Probably high school. Something interesting like European History or Biology. But that doesn’t check the box of “still let you pay off your loans.” I’ve given the thought serious consideration recently, but taking a six figure paycut isn’t really the most prudent of things when you’ve got a wife and little ones on the way. I do think it’s what I’ll wind up doing when I “retire” in 20 years. If we… Read more »

MattMD_actual
MattMD_actual

Don’t feel too bad, I’ve heard around 50% of physicians wouldn’t do it again, either.

I think it is worse with lawyers though. You should see how many I’ve come across with drinking problems.

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

The Bar has focused a lot more on providing help and resources for attorneys that are struggling with substance abuse issues or are just so incredibly stressed by their jobs they can’t handle it any more. The “big law” lifestyle isn’t what its made out to be on television.

Ellynn
Ellynn
Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Ummmm…. why is Jerry Falwell, Jr. flying a random Miami poolboy on his private jet and “investing” over $4 million into his business idea? Seems fishy.

https://www.buzzfeed.com/aramroston/jerry-falwell-jr-michael-cohen-pool-attendant-lawsuit?utm_term=.asdrAXANm#.ucvRQ6QAL

Noway2016
Noway2016
Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Yeah, cause these guys are totally lined up to vote for a Democrat.

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Noway2016
Noway2016

Well, with y’alls loss of the mythical “generic ballot ” recently, there appear to be even less that are gonna vote Dimocrat! Lol!

MattMD_actual
MattMD_actual

You were an idiot in 2016 and you are an idiot now.

MattMD_actual
MattMD_actual

Wilbur Ross. Where did they find this tongue sucking fossil?

That natural history museum?

Noway2016
Noway2016
Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Thanks Obama.

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope
Noway2016
Noway2016

Unreal! There is nothing our country can’t do under Trump’s leadership! MAGA!
https://www.oilandgasinvestor.com/report-us-oil-output-jumps-record-high-march-1704031

Will Durant
Will Durant

A natural accompaniment to oil prices increasing 50%. Shall we discuss his leadership in that? Or perhaps the inflation that will naturally occur with the tariffs? Syria? Gaza? Unilaterally withdrawing from the Iran deal, well, just because. Or perhaps the campaign promises regarding Iraq and Afghanistan? Shortening China’s long game by decades? To hell with waiting on Mueller, the Republican Party should grow a set or we will be a one party state equivalent to the USSR for decades to come.

Noway2016
Noway2016

Is “Mediocre”Marc still a CNN contributor?
With the Speech Police in overdrive this week, should this be revisited?
https://www.google.com/amp/thehill.com/homenews/media/314532-cnns-marc-lamont-hill-blacks-meeting-with-trump-a-bunch-of-mediocre-negroes%3famp

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Calling someone “mediocre” isn’t the same as calling someone a racial slur.

If it was, I would’ve been kicked off this site a long time ago.

Benevolus
Benevolus

Yet another list of the best beers in America.
I am no longer all that interested in “craft” beers. I am getting into N.A. beer. Theoretically, I could drink an N.A. beer while driving, right?

Anyway, only one beer from Georgia made this list:
Creature Comforts Brewing Co. Tropicália

https://www.thedailymeal.com/drink/101-best-beers-america-gallery/slide-26

I doubt if I would like it. I’m not a big fan of IPA’s or “fruit forward”. Actually, IPA and fruit forward seem to be contradictory to me, but what do I know.

Ellynn
Ellynn

They have New Glarus Spotted Cow listed so all is right in the world.

Ellynn
Ellynn

I hoe Ginny is Okay…

MattMD_actual
MattMD_actual

Say what?

Ellynn
Ellynn

I HOPE Ginny is okay since she didn’t post Reads on Friday… (my phone typing sucks).

Noway2016
Noway2016
Will Durant
Will Durant

GGWG or GetOffMyLawn² ? https://nypost.com/2018/05/31/hawaii-man-pulls-gun-on-neighbor-checking-on-lava-threatened-home/ I’m leaning more each day to the conclusion that former Justice John Paul Stevens is correct in wanting the 2nd Amendment repealed. It is too vague and the wording too archaic for modern times. Before you NRA zealots get worked up let me add that a 28th Amendment would be necessary to clarify gun ownership as a privilege rather than a right much like driving. By no means am I suggesting a “gun grab” or any of the other straw men. We do have to stop the arms race insanity, both civilian and police. I… Read more »

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

The evolving narrative of who wrote Don Jr.’s statement about the meeting with Russian agents: Trump’s lawyer, Jay Sekulow, CNN Interview, 7/12/17 – “that was written by Donald Trump Jr. and I’m sure in consultation with his lawyer. That wasn’t written by the President.” Trump’s lawyer, Jay Sekulow, ABC Interview, 7/12/17 – “The President didn’t sign off on anything. He was coming back from the G20, the statement that was released Saturday was released by Donald Trump Jr., I’m sure in consultation with his lawyers. The President wasn’t involved in that.” Trump’s lawyer, Jay Sekulow, NBC Interview, 7/16/17 – “Let… Read more »

Will Durant
Will Durant

Yeah, but does it matter as it appears we are leading up to: “When the president does it, that means that it is not illegal.” — Richard M. Nixon In a brash assertion of presidential power, the 20-page letter — sent to the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, and obtained by The New York Times — contends that the president cannot illegally obstruct any aspect of the investigation into Russia’s election meddling because the Constitution empowers him to, “if he wished, terminate the inquiry, or even exercise his power to pardon.” https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/02/us/politics/trump-lawyers-memo-mueller-subpoena.html So now in addition to impugning the… Read more »

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

It should be noted that Jay Sekulow is not a good attorney.

Noway2016
Noway2016
Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope
Noway2016
Noway2016

Comey wanna-be shoots bar patron! This agency is as incompetent as its’ leadership is corrupt !
https://www.google.com/amp/amp.tmz.com/2018/06/03/off-duty-fbi-agent-accidentally-shoots-someone-gun-fires-while-dancing-night-club-denver

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

Trump, having discredited the FBI and intelligence agencies with the GOP base, is moving on to discrediting pardons with the added benefit of concurrently telegraphing to criminals that he’ll take care of them when necessary. Most of the individual actions to date by themselves haven’t been much, but collectively, and accompanied by Trump’s comments, for instance noting Stewart was “one of my biggest fans” undermines government. There’s a reason I call Trump a traitor if not in the legal sense. MAGA establishment GOP, MAGA.

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Weird, you’re normally such a huge fan of innocent folks getting shot.

Will Durant
Will Durant

What Do Russian Nationalists, Alex Jones and Roseanne Have in Common? [also Dinesh D’Souza]
https://www.polygraph.info/a/russia-soros-disinfo-us-fact-check-false/29261867.html

Hint: They all believe it as long as it is on the internet and checking sources is purely optional.

Oh, and Polygraph? Voice of America/Radio Free Europe.

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

It’s not here, but “clear and present danger” is on the horizon.

Will Durant
Will Durant

Yeah, now I’ve went from the thoroughly researched though unofficial Roger Ailes bio and his pièce de résistance of propaganda, Fox News, to James Clapper’s semi-auto-bio and his revelations on Putin’s interference with our democratic process. When does free speech transition to become sedition anyway Also this tidbit from the Ailes’ book that is an indictment of all of our television/internet news sources, not just his own enfant terrible: Orchestra Pit Theory of Debate – If you have two guys on a stage and one guy says, “I have a solution to the Middle East problem,” and the other guy… Read more »