June 7, 2018 6:00 AM HomePoliticsMorning Reads – Thursday, June 7, 2018 Morning Reads – Thursday, June 7, 2018 By Jessica Szilagyi Politics 39 Comments On this date in 1965, in the U.S. the Gemini 4 mission was completed. The mission featured the first spacewalk by an American. Peaches Kemp moves to review voting machines Georgia making national headlines for a good reason… …and of course for the bad reasons Georgia Tourism announces “100 Places Locals Love” List Thanks, lawmakers, for attacking our listening pleasures Georgia’s best and worst staycation spots CVS is partnering with Georgia to combat opioids Jimmy Carter Border arrests top 50,000+ for third straight month You’re not being paranoid if you think your phone is listening to you Teacher Accused of Taking Bribes from Students in Exchange for Good Grades Comey continues to dominate headlines Sweet Tea The hottest May on record Meatless chicken at KFC – yum! The talent in the US Navy is dwindling $119,050,900,000: Merchandise Trade Deficit With China Hit Record Through April “‘Robo-journalism’ no threat to journalist jobs “ Share this:TwitterFacebookTumblrRedditEmailPrint Related About Author Jessica Szilagyi 39 Comments John Vestal Has Jessica become a PR squirrel for KFC’s parent company? June 7, 2018 7:00 AM Log in to Reply xdog I did not know until I clicked your link that Pizza Hut is The Flavor of Life. June 7, 2018 8:02 AM Log in to Reply Will Durant Antico Pizza on Hemphill is The Flavor of Life. June 7, 2018 10:51 AM Log in to Reply Benevolus Only been there once but I was not impressed. Is the crust supposed to be burnt? P.S. There was a shooting at the studio across the street from there a couple of days ago. Danger is everywhere. June 7, 2018 11:39 AM Log in to Reply Will Durant Consistency can be an issue there I will admit but I usually dip the crust in the extra sauce you can ladle out of the crocks. I think the wood fired ovens and the attentiveness of the cooks could be a factor there which of course is not a problem for the chains and their mechanized ovens. Somewhat pricey as well but some of the ingredients like the tomatoes and buffalo mozzarella are imported (the bufala is flown in every Monday as I once went on a Sunday evening…). I usually get the Margherita but sometimes get the Diavalo followed by a quick trip across the street for a gelato. My freshman year at Tech was in Techwood dorm which was carved out of Techwood Homes with a mere chainlink fence. Of course I was 17 and bulletproof then. Ever seen a 2-inch cockroach? June 7, 2018 5:59 PM Noway2016 Sheriff Roscoe is wrong for interfering with seizure-having pot smoking kid. And screw the busy body tipster who turned them in. Doesn’t Sheriff Coaltrain know he’s got discretion in what to enforce!? A Law Enforcement Lemming! Good job! June 7, 2018 7:21 AM Log in to Reply ScottNAtlanta I agree with Norway 100% Is the world going to end? I’m afraid June 7, 2018 12:01 PM Log in to Reply Noway2016 Lol! As ONLY Ann can….Just brutal! http://www.anncoulter.com June 7, 2018 7:34 AM Log in to Reply Andrew C. Pope The most accurate depiction of Ann Coulter out there: June 7, 2018 12:05 PM Log in to Reply Noway2016 Watched it. So you think she says her stuff just for show? And not a real believer in what she writes? Interesting take… June 7, 2018 12:24 PM Log in to Reply xdog Those wily Chinese have so clouded our minds that we Americans are powerless when offered the chance to buy their phones, computers, clothing and toys. Meanwhile, the Commerce Department reported that the U.S. trade deficit fell to a seven-month low in April as exports rose to a record high of $211.2 billion. Clearly, more tariffs are the answer to our embarrassing export problems. https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-economy-trade/u-s-trade-deficit-falls-to-seven-month-low-idUSKCN1J21IR June 7, 2018 7:43 AM Log in to Reply Dave Bearse Laying aside the GOP lie that Canada runs a trade surplus with the US… Exclusive: Trump invokes War of 1812 in testy call with Trudeau over tariffs https://www.cnn.com/2018/06/06/politics/war-of-1812-donald-trump-justin-trudeau-tariff/index.html I(t’s how the leader of the GOP treats the country’s best friends. MAGA June 7, 2018 11:01 AM Log in to Reply atlindy On one hand this fellow isn’t exactly wrong. https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2018/06/taking-the-enlightenment-seriously-requires-talking-about-race.html On the other hand, he commits the usual error of failing to propose a real solution to the problem. Namely: 1) does he have a comprehensive social, cultural, economic, political and legal system to replace our own that would eliminate institutional and personal racism? If so, tell us what it is. Put the cards on the table. Tell us what the desired results are and how his system would achieve it. If he does not then 2) Perhaps he merely wants a system that is a whole lot like our own, except with different people – those that he personally approves of – running it, and controls put into place to ensure that his desired leadership can never be removed, challenged or dissented from in practice? I may be cynical – oh well let me admit it, I am cynical – but I am guessing that 2) is the case. June 7, 2018 8:06 AM Log in to Reply Noway2016 Question for Andrew: can Juanitta still sue Bill in civil court for damges resulting from his sexual assault on her? June 7, 2018 8:10 AM Log in to Reply Enjoy the Silence I guarantee the statute of limitations has run out on that one. June 7, 2018 8:27 AM Log in to Reply Noway2016 Not criminal. Civil… June 7, 2018 8:34 AM Log in to Reply Andrew C. Pope Arkansas’ civil statute of limitations is one year for assault and battery; five years for sexual assault. No. June 7, 2018 8:41 AM Log in to Reply Indypendant Question for Noway: did your parents know you were gay? Question for the rest of you: Should someone running for office be allowed to “review” the voting machines? June 7, 2018 8:15 AM Log in to Reply Andrew C. Pope There are better ways to insult Noway and his laundry list of insecurities than to insinuate he’s gay. Being gay isn’t anything to be ashamed of or embarrassed by and treating it as an insult is incredibly demeaning to LGBTQ individuals. As for Brian Kemp, reviewing voting machines is within his purview as Secretary of State. Assuming that he and his campaign are quarantined from any review, I’d say its kosher. Then again, Brian Kemp’s track record doesn’t inspire much confidence that he can do something like this competently. June 7, 2018 8:37 AM Log in to Reply Noway2016 Indy, you need some spicy mustard for that mother board? June 7, 2018 8:44 AM Log in to Reply Dave Bearse It’s insulting and demeaning, but Trumpers follow Trump’s lead that everything is win-lose, and win is in a personal context. Who better to lose than gays, Muslims, basically anyone not white and Christian (when all one need do is say they’re the latter, nothing else is required). https://thebaffler.com/latest/the-president-of-blank-sucking-nullity-roth “He will never be embarrassed by any of these things, because he cannot understand anyone’s response to them except as it relates to him. Slavery? That’s another thing that his very dishonest enemies want to blame him for. Racism? He’s been accused of it, and honestly it’s so ridiculous, so ridiculous. History? He’s in the business of making it, baby. Violence? Not his fault. People protesting? He doesn’t know them.” June 7, 2018 10:56 AM Log in to Reply ScottNAtlanta …and Andrew is defending Norway Its Armageddon…time to get right with the Lord June 7, 2018 12:03 PM Log in to Reply atlindy How is this not a violation of the comment policy that results in the maker of such comments being banned? June 7, 2018 10:53 AM Log in to Reply xdog The only two policies I’m aware of: ‘you insult one of the regular commentators, you’re gone’ and ‘if you keep proving you’re crazy, you’re gone’. Lately they’ve been a little lax enforcing the second one. June 7, 2018 12:03 PM Log in to Reply Will Durant Is there an honest job in Georgia for Brian Kemp when he gets kicked back to the private sector? I suggest he applies his Ag degree from UGA in mucking the empty barn with the unlocked door that he had previously spent years giving his assurances that it was actually locked. June 7, 2018 9:10 AM Log in to Reply downthemiddle Great news. Bill Clinton is coming to the ATL next week. In Cobb County no less. I wonder how much the tickets cost for an “evening with Bill”? Who would like to go? What do you think the topics will be that he covers? June 7, 2018 9:36 AM Log in to Reply Noway2016 Cigar. Etiquette 101; Keflex v Cippro, which is best for you? Advanced Money Laundering… June 7, 2018 10:11 AM Log in to Reply Benevolus Tickets range from $46 -$258. Is it just me or is Bill Clinton much more the object of attention for the Fox News-watching -still-thinks-Bill O’Reilly-got-treated-unfairly crowd than he is for anyone else? June 7, 2018 11:55 AM Log in to Reply Raleigh The Communications Act of 1934 said the airways were public and while you could intercept a radio transmission not intended for broadcast it was illegal to divulge what you heard. Remember the controversy with Newt Gingrich’s mobile phone call which was intercepted and divulged? I believe the couple that did it was prosecuted. In 1986, Congress approved the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA) under pressure from the cellular telephone industry, which made it illegal to listen to cellular phone calls and voice pagers. The cellular industry also sought to ban the manufacture or importation of scanners capable of receiving or being easily modified to receive cellular frequencies and won. You have to wonder if the data mining these companies are doing by monitoring your phone conversations to tailor ads for you is a violation of the ECPA law. Maybe some of the legal eagles on this board will weigh in on this.. June 7, 2018 10:10 AM Log in to Reply Dave Bearse Trump with respect to Don Jr’s memo about meeting with the Russisans…. He wasn’t involved. He knew, but he didn’t write it He weighed in, but he didn’t dictate it. He dictated it. “I swear to God, it was a mistake.” All is forgiven since it’s an oath and Trump is a great Christian. Said so himself. And besides, it would reduce GOP power and money to do otherwise. June 7, 2018 11:06 AM Log in to Reply Benevolus Is there any other sort of ‘punishment’ for a president other than impeachment? Can the Congress censure the prez or something like that? Our system is really being tested as a lot of it is dependent on the players acting responsibly. Impeachment as the only option is kinda like only having the death penalty even for traffic offenses. There should be some intermediate level of sanction but I’m not sure what that would look like, other than a resolution or some statement of disapproval, which is not without significance. June 7, 2018 12:03 PM Log in to Reply Noway2016 I think there is censure option somewhere. Toothless but could make for a story ir two on msnbc. June 7, 2018 12:22 PM Log in to Reply Dave Bearse The only thing stopping Trump are the courts and the deep-state, and the GOP is working feverishly to undermine that. June 8, 2018 12:58 AM Log in to Reply chefdavid Dade County has more cops per capita than anywhere elese in the world. Our little 4 mile strech of I-24 is being fully utilised for our annual Dade County Profile Bonnoro Festival Goers. Participants include GSP, GOHS, Catoosa SO, Walker SO, City of Lafayette, and our local boys from Dade and the City of Trenton. Go get em boys. That $1000 weed charge will probably cost $5000 to prosecute once you add in all the salaries, for cops, judges, staff, defenders. Sounds like a wise use of tax dollars to me. elsewhere in the prosecutors office: http://www.timesfreepress.com/news/breakingnews/story/2018/jun/07/north-georgia-prosecutor-resigns/472650/ June 7, 2018 1:04 PM Log in to Reply Andrew C. Pope If I’m Tom Price, I’m pretty pissed that I got canned without being 1/100th as corrupt as Scott Pruitt. https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/scott-pruitt-enlisted-an-epa-aide-to-help-his-wife-find-a-job–at-chick-fil-a/2018/06/05/b798e4e4-5eac-11e8-9ee3-49d6d4814c4c_story.html?noredirect=on&utm_term=.bad195fae175 Three months after Scott Pruitt was sworn in as head of the Environmental Protection Agency, his scheduler emailed Dan Cathy, chief executive of the fast-food company Chick-fil-A, with an unusual request: Would Cathy meet with Pruitt to discuss “a potential business opportunity”? A call was arranged, then canceled, and Pruitt eventually spoke with someone from the company’s legal department. Only then did he reveal that the “opportunity” on his mind was a job for his wife, Marlyn. “The subject of that phone call was an expression of interest in his wife becoming a Chick-fil-A franchisee,” company representative Carrie Kurlander told The Washington Post via email. June 7, 2018 6:53 PM Log in to Reply Dave Bearse Darn, the Oklahoma is 26 June, but qualifying is probably over. If the news would have broken earlier, Pruitt could have followed in Deal’s shoes, and left Washington to run for OK Gov. June 8, 2018 1:06 AM Log in to Reply chamblee54 I got this call from a drone voice representing victory processing. Would I be interested in taking part in a survey about the upcoming election. Just answer the questions by pushing the buttons on your keypad. “Do you think Georgia is on the right track? Push one for yes, push two for no, push three for not sure, I pushed three. In Georgia, not sure is usually the correct answer, no matter what the question. The robobot then said “Thank you for taking part in this telephone survey. Good night.” June 7, 2018 7:02 PM Log in to Reply Lea Thrace https://www.ajc.com/news/state–regional-govt–politics/secret-recording-shows-cagle-backed-bad-bill-hurt-gov-race-rival/pEYWRLXdjoNufNbsAO0emI/ Glorious schadenfreude! June 7, 2018 7:51 PM Log in to Reply Andrew C. Pope You mean to tell me that Casey Cagle is a low-down snake with zero morals and a shriveled conscience who stabs folks in the back for his own personal gain? I’m shocked. June 7, 2018 9:04 PM Log in to Reply Add a Comment Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.