May 31, 2018 6:00 AM HomeMorning ReadsMorning Reads – Thursday, May 31, 2018 Morning Reads – Thursday, May 31, 2018 By Jessica Szilagyi Morning Reads 84 Comments On this date in 1913, the 17th Amendment went into effect. It provided for popular election of US senators. Peaches Childhood is threatened more in Georgia than in 41 other states The Hill: Abrams will revolutionize politics Optimistic Georgia Democrats expect party resurrection Seth Weathers makes headlines after inflammatory tweet Positivity for Amazon coming to Georgia lingers Eagles on rebound in Georgia Jimmy Carter Fox News on top for ratings in May Wash Examiner: Obama, Dems to blame for ‘cruel, inhumane’ immigration policies The War on Lemonade continues Strong economy isn’t enough for midterm defense Piecing together shredded documents Sweet Tea Uber installing ‘panic buttons’ Weinstein and the Grand Jury The world’s longest commercial flight set for October Share this:TwitterFacebookTumblrRedditEmailPrint Related About Author jszilagyi5 84 Comments 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/ May 31, 2018 7:26 AM Log in to Reply 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”. May 31, 2018 7:57 AM Log in to Reply Noway2016 I ackowledged her post… May 31, 2018 8:00 AM Log in to Reply Andrew C. Pope Ah crap. My bad. May 31, 2018 8:02 AM Log in to Reply 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! May 31, 2018 7:39 AM Log in to Reply 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. May 31, 2018 10:09 AM Log in to Reply 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. May 31, 2018 10:18 AM Log in to Reply Andrew C. Pope You think gas prices are bad? Wait until the new round of health insurance premiums come out. #nobueno May 31, 2018 10:20 AM Log in to Reply 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. May 31, 2018 10:12 AM Log in to Reply 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? May 31, 2018 7:42 AM Log in to Reply 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 “BlackPAC” will not approve of this message. May 31, 2018 9:27 AM Log in to Reply 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 May 31, 2018 10:01 AM Log in to Reply 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. May 31, 2018 11:39 AM Log in to Reply 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 May 31, 2018 1:39 PM Benevolus Where are you getting your information on this? It doesn’t match what I have read. May 31, 2018 10:02 AM Log in to Reply 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. May 31, 2018 10:07 AM Log in to Reply 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 a generous scholarship for law school. I can’t imagine the loan statements for someone who paid for both undergrad and graduate school. Barack and Michelle Obama didn’t pay their student loans off until they were in their 40s. I’m assuming Barack got some repayment assistance as the result of public service work while Michelle worked for Sildley Austin and was executive director of a hospital system. Ted Cruz stated that he didn’t pay his student loans off until he was 44 and, like Obama, it probably involved some loan forgiveness as the result of government work. The fact they had student loan debt didn’t disqualify them from office and it doesn’t disqualify Abrams. May 31, 2018 10:12 AM Log in to Reply Andrew C. Pope It should be noted that ol’ college dropout Cagle probably doesn’t know what student loans are. May 31, 2018 10:14 AM Log in to Reply 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 tax obligation. That has ruined the career of many politicians Repub’s and Dem’s alike. Why does Abrams get a pass on this? I’ll say it, is it because she is a woman and black? Double standard? I think so….This conveniently fits into Bernie’s free education talking point. I’ll say it again if you think higher education is expensive now just wait until its free. As far as student loans my daughter has a daughter of her own, a mortgage, a full-time career, and getting her degree all at the same time. I don’t know how she does it but she is paying all the bills on her own and has no student loans. She is planning to go on to law school after she finishes her 4 year degree. Of course I’ll help if I can but she wants to do this on her own and so far she has been very successful. Yes, I’m a very proud papa. 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. May 31, 2018 12:15 PM Log in to Reply 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 year J.D. program. In-state tuition at Georgia State and UGA is pretty reasonable: $33,150 and $35,180 respectively, but you’re still talking about $100,000 on a piece of paper. Those are conservative estimates of the cost of attendance, mind you. I had a scholarship covering 85% of my tuition, worked during the summers, and I still racked up $180,000 in loan debt (thank’s interest rates!) Are there part-time options that allow you to keep working while you earn your degree? Yes. But the vast majority of schools offering those tracks don’t correlate with great job prospects or bar passage rates. As unfortunate as it is, legal hiring is pretty freaking elitist, and where you go to school (and how well you do in that school) have a significant bearing on where you wind up practicing. With that out of the way, let’s discuss the job prospects… it’s better than it was when I graduated, but it’s still a tough market out there. The big firms – the ones with the six figure starting salaries – generally hire the top-tier students (think top 10% to 15% of their class) at the best law schools in the country. Even if you get one of those, the stress and self-loathing that comes from a life measured in 6 minute increments will lead you to posting on a state politics blog just to pretend you aren’t being driven insane by the almighty billable hour. Jobs at Justice are increasingly hard to come by and federal agency positions have gotten more competitive due to the potential for loan forgiveness after 10 years. Local prosecutors make peanuts. Public defenders make considerably less than that. State agency attorneys don’t make much either. Mid-tier firms combine the wonderful joy of billable hours with the lower pay of a government job. At least the government attorneys get to go home at 5pm. If I’m making it sound like being a lawyer sucks, it’s because it does. May 31, 2018 1:32 PM Log in to Reply 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. May 31, 2018 3:05 PM Andrew C. Pope I mean if that’s your response to honest advice. Cool. May 31, 2018 3:12 PM 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 were drained I arranged to cosign signature loans to keep them out of the student loan traps and their government enforcers. I could have cashed in retirement money but would have paid penalties and the low interest loans were cheaper. It is my own theory that somehow the bursars get a piece of the action on the student loans, but conspiracy theories aside it is most definitely a racket. With the feds involved they don’t need leg breakers. I attended GT and UGA (yeah, one of those) at a time when tuition averaged $180 per quarter and yes I worked my own way through. Matriculation fees might have been around $20 and athletic fees were purely optional. While working full time I also took night school grad school classes at GSU for roughly $300 per class. This was also before dorms and cafeterias were outsourced with year-round requirements, astronomically higher rents, etc. It is an apples to oranges comparison to today’s environment on many levels. Good luck and best wishes to your daughter. May 31, 2018 4:05 PM 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 history and not producing any tax returns, multiple instances of failing to pay contractors, multiple bankruptcies, and a long-history of failed business enterprises. If he can continue to serve as President, Stacey Abrams can run for Governor. Let the voters decide. Me, personally, I think it’s a nothingburger of an issue. I’m much more focused on how she’s going to help working class Georgians than what the status of her IRS bill is. May 31, 2018 1:37 PM Log in to Reply 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 the purview of the Secretary of State Office of GOP candidate for Gov Kemp? Kool Smiles was under investigation for performing painful unnecessary dental work on children while defrauding Medicaid of $24 million when the Mayfield appointment was made in early 2016. Deal urged Mayfield to quit after the AJC began to inquire about it. No need to seek to remove the unfit until somebody on the outside points out the unfitness. If that MO is good enough for Trump, it’s good enough for the GaGOP. Who nominated or suggested Mayfield? Did anyone vet a background that included settled lawsuits, media reports in Atlanta, Indiana and Virginia critical of company practices, and the Georgia Dept of Community Affairs ordering the return of $190,000 in connection with unnecessary dental work? Is there even a vetting process for Deal’s 300 appointees? Nobody knows, and the House Speaker Pro Tem and the Chairman of the Senate’s Health and Human Service Committee didn’t have time to get involved. https://www.myajc.com/news/state–regional/governor-forces-dentist-off-state-regulatory-board/1zoc9hM2fmSQ66H0MGMMGL/ But hey, it was only some kids on Medicaid and $24 million in public money. Besides, Mayfield passed GBI’s check of his criminal history, driver’s license, credit history and tax liabilities. So if you’re current on taxes on fraudulently obtained money, you’re good to go. And the appointment process was totally transparent since Deal did keep a copy of Mayfield’s application and the documentation of the appointment. Back to the subject of this comment, tax returns. Where were the calls by Jones and Unterman for Deal to release his tax returns when running for Governor in 2010 or 2014? They would seem especially relevant in that Deal entered office a bankrupt or nearly so, and I’d wager he’s leaving office a multi-millionaire. “This is Georgia. This is how we do here.” —- Georgia GOP Chairman John Watson commenting on Jones and Unterman’s seeking release of Abrams tax returns. Hypocrisy exists across the gamut from left to right, but no, Mr. Watson, it’s pervasive in the GOP not just here but everywhere. https://politics.myajc.com/news/state–regional-govt–politics/georgia-gop-seek-abrams-tax-returns-dems-hit-cagle-kemp-delta/pcWDoBvfnTU7aTJSep8iKP/ May 31, 2018 10:09 AM Log in to Reply Andrew C. Pope Abrams should release them as soon as Donald Trump releases his. May 31, 2018 10:13 AM Log in to Reply Dave Bearse I understand Abrams has committed to releasing some sometime after the runoff. May 31, 2018 10:22 AM Log in to Reply Noway2016 Dinesh yo be pardoned! Excellent news! Political prosecution at its worst! MDineshWholeAgain! May 31, 2018 10:32 AM Log in to Reply 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 anthem – called Rosa Parks an “overrated Democrat” and her bus protest “absurdly inflated” – peddled the same anti-Semitic conspiracy theory Roseanne was pushing earlier this week about George Soros being a Nazi – said one of the women Roy Moore molested was an actor and declared the multiple allegations against Moore were “most likely fabricated” That’s just in the last 14 months. Given his positions of “child molestation is excusable as long as you’re a Republican running for a Senate seat” and “Hitler wasn’t all bad” it’s no wonder Noway is so overjoyed at this news. May 31, 2018 11:08 AM Log in to Reply Noway2016 Since Sniv is already riled up: Read this. Ann is right as rain! http://www.anncoulter.com/columns/2018-05-30.html May 31, 2018 11:17 AM Log in to Reply Noway2016 Pssssst! Hey, SnowBiscuit, you forgot your obligatory reference to my somehow being anti-black! May 31, 2018 11:21 AM Log in to Reply Benevolus I’m sure the next opportunity won’t be too far away. May 31, 2018 12:26 PM Log in to Reply Andrew C. Pope I mean… you kind of just did it for me. May 31, 2018 1:01 PM Log in to Reply 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. May 31, 2018 3:13 PM Log in to Reply 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? May 31, 2018 3:52 PM Log in to Reply Ellynn The justice guy who went after Martha was…. Drumroll… James Comey. May 31, 2018 6:07 PM Log in to Reply 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 May 31, 2018 6:27 PM Log in to Reply Noway2016 Ouch! Lol! May 31, 2018 6:29 PM 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? May 31, 2018 7:54 PM Log in to Reply Chatsprint “somehow” ? You wear it like a badge of honor in virtually every post. May 31, 2018 2:52 PM Log in to Reply 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? May 31, 2018 3:02 PM Log in to Reply Ellynn We have now ticked off Canada. https://www.axios.com/canada-retaliatory-tariffs-united-states-trudeau-trump-trade-war-ae37a1a1-146b-4060-8d4e-365ddc0d7ea9.html May 31, 2018 3:35 PM Log in to Reply 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. May 31, 2018 3:52 PM Log in to Reply Andrew C. Pope Yeah, pretty much every associate I work with is burned out from years of grueling hours. May 31, 2018 3:55 PM Log in to Reply Noway2016 Ok. What is your dream job? Something that could still let you pay off your loans but make you happy going to work? May 31, 2018 8:14 PM Log in to Reply 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, patients losing their insurance but who I still treat on the side, the “cover your ass” practice, dirt-bag radiologists, this list could go on. I am learning to code and looking to study AI and grab this automation trend head on. I kid you not. If that fails, I will open some wing joints on the West Coast. There are very few good chicken joints out there. May 31, 2018 9:51 PM Log in to Reply 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? June 1, 2018 6:13 AM 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 want to venture into the realm of “that’ll never happen,” I’d gladly take Scott Howard’s spot as Georgia’s play-by-play announcer. June 1, 2018 7:34 AM 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. May 31, 2018 9:56 PM Log in to Reply 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. June 1, 2018 7:37 AM Log in to Reply Ellynn I thought the tariffs were for increasing national security… https://www.cnbc.com/2018/05/31/trumps-tariffs-a-blow-to-key-us-allies-and-us-national-security.html May 31, 2018 5:43 PM Log in to Reply 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 May 31, 2018 5:54 PM Log in to Reply Noway2016 At least you Libs are consistent in your messaging! https://news.vice.com/en_us/article/vbq38d/google-is-listing-nazism-as-the-first-ideology-of-the-california-republican-party May 31, 2018 6:28 PM Log in to Reply Andrew C. Pope Yeah, cause these guys are totally lined up to vote for a Democrat. https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/2017/local/charlottesville-timeline/img/045A1571_2.jpg May 31, 2018 7:29 PM Log in to Reply Noway2016 Well, with y’alls loss of the mythical “generic ballot ” recently, there appear to be even less that are gonna vote Dimocrat! Lol! May 31, 2018 7:43 PM Log in to Reply MattMD_actual You were an idiot in 2016 and you are an idiot now. June 1, 2018 2:12 AM Log in to Reply MattMD_actual Wilbur Ross. Where did they find this tongue sucking fossil? That natural history museum? June 1, 2018 2:09 AM Log in to Reply Noway2016 Wow! Lowest rate ever! Thank The Great Man! https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/black-unemployment-rate-hits-new-record-low-in-may June 1, 2018 12:22 PM Log in to Reply Andrew C. Pope Thanks Obama. June 1, 2018 12:54 PM Log in to Reply Andrew C. Pope Southern Company and CVS climb in bed with anti-Semites. https://maplight.org/story/southern-co-cvs-dow-chemical-funding-trump-dark-money-group-tied-to-racist-anti-semitic-views/ June 1, 2018 1:27 PM Log in to Reply Andrew C. Pope LOL at Trump blowing up every facet of conservative orthodoxy…. FREE MARKETS! https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-06-01/trump-said-to-grant-lifeline-to-money-losing-coal-power-plants-jhv94ghl June 1, 2018 1:47 PM Log in to Reply 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 June 1, 2018 2:54 PM Log in to Reply 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. June 1, 2018 5:12 PM Log in to Reply 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 June 1, 2018 3:01 PM Log in to Reply 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. June 1, 2018 3:09 PM Log in to Reply 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. June 1, 2018 3:39 PM Log in to Reply Ellynn They have New Glarus Spotted Cow listed so all is right in the world. June 1, 2018 4:40 PM Log in to Reply Ellynn I hoe Ginny is Okay… June 1, 2018 4:41 PM Log in to Reply MattMD_actual Say what? June 1, 2018 9:08 PM Log in to Reply Ellynn I HOPE Ginny is okay since she didn’t post Reads on Friday… (my phone typing sucks). June 2, 2018 10:07 AM Log in to Reply Noway2016 The poor Ninnies! Lmao! https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.bostonglobe.com/news/politics/2018/06/01/trump-breaks-protocol-sends-markets-clear-signal-jobs-report-before-numbers-are-released/VjQo2Qc1p0JLKUj4au5YhK/amp.html June 2, 2018 8:24 AM Log in to Reply Noway2016 How many would y’all demand they take down? http://boston.cbslocal.com/2018/06/01/chelmsford-flag-display-town-violation/ June 2, 2018 11:30 AM Log in to Reply 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 know there are more guns out there than people but grandfather the existing with some caveats on magazine capacities. A line has to be drawn at some point. June 2, 2018 10:48 PM Log in to Reply 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 me say this – but I do want to be clear – that the President was not involved in the drafting of the statement and did not issue the statement. It came from Donald Trump Jr.” Sarah Sanders’ daily press briefing, 8/1/17 – “He certainly didn’t dictate, but he — like I said, he weighed in, offered suggestion like any father would do.” Trump’s legal team in memo to Robert Mueller, 1/29/18 – “The President dictated a short but accurate response to the New York Times on behalf of his son, Donald Trump, Jr.” https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2018/06/02/us/politics/trump-legal-documents.html Look… I don’t claim to know everything. But it’s a pretty good rule of thumb that, if someone is lying to you, it’s because they’re hiding something. June 3, 2018 8:07 AM Log in to Reply 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 integrity of those investigating his campaign, his lawyers are now asserting that none of it matters anyway as he is above the law. June 3, 2018 8:22 AM Log in to Reply Andrew C. Pope It should be noted that Jay Sekulow is not a good attorney. June 3, 2018 9:29 AM Log in to Reply Noway2016 Saginaw on its way to being a Maggot Free Zone! https://www.google.com/amp/s/articles.mlive.com/news/saginaw/index.ssf/2018/05/2_men_shot_in_would-be_burglar.amp June 3, 2018 10:48 AM Log in to Reply Andrew C. Pope Meanwhile, in Detroit, two maggots for the price of one!!! https://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/local/detroit-city/2018/06/03/two-women-shot-head-one-dies/667274002/ June 3, 2018 2:37 PM Log in to Reply 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 June 3, 2018 3:49 PM Log in to Reply 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. June 3, 2018 4:19 PM Log in to Reply Andrew C. Pope Weird, you’re normally such a huge fan of innocent folks getting shot. June 4, 2018 6:21 AM Log in to Reply 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. June 3, 2018 9:54 PM Log in to Reply Dave Bearse It’s not here, but “clear and present danger” is on the horizon. June 4, 2018 12:57 AM Log in to Reply 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 falls in the orchestra pit, who do you think is going to be on the evening news? June 4, 2018 6:52 AM Log in to Reply Add a Comment Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.