June 8, 2018 6:30 AM HomePoliticsMorning Reads for Friday, June 8, 2018 Morning Reads for Friday, June 8, 2018 By Ginny Politics 34 Comments I thought this was evidence that someone had been spying on my family. And nobody wears a helmet. Hikes for the rest of us. Roadtrip! Mean Girls, the Musical. (Yes, there’s a Georgia connection.) I mean, it’s pretty. But I’m quite partial to Augusta National GC. How many more kids fall through the cracks? Everything else is awful. Nope, not that. Nope. Nope. Way Nope. Pass the popcorn. Print ‘em if you got ‘em. 10 things. Or something. What could go wrong? One of these is not like the other. He’s not dead yet, he’s feeling better. Hotel California, but for realz. Share this:TwitterFacebookTumblrRedditEmailPrint Related About Author Ginny Get off my lawn. 34 Comments Noway2016 Another high profile suicide. Seemingly hugely successful. What’s going on?? https://www.cnn.com/2018/06/08/us/anthony-bourdain-obit/index.html June 8, 2018 7:58 AM Log in to Reply MattMD_actual However you might measure “success” doesn’t in reality correlate with suicide. June 8, 2018 9:47 PM Log in to Reply Raleigh Another One.. http://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/2018/06/08/anthony-bourdain-cnn-host-and-celebrity-chef-dead-at-61.html June 8, 2018 7:58 AM Log in to Reply Will Durant G6 + Trump = 0 June 8, 2018 8:14 AM Log in to Reply Will Durant And on that theme I give you this: June 10, 2018 7:31 AM Log in to Reply The Eiger It’s important for people to know that 54% of people that committed suicide did not have a known mental health issue. Please talk with family and friends during hard times. You may not think that a loved one would ever go that far, but why risk it. https://www.cdc.gov/vitalsigns/suicide/ June 8, 2018 8:18 AM Log in to Reply Lea Thrace Thank you for that Eiger. If I may add, below is a resource for both the person in distress and their friends and family: National Suicide Prevention Lifeline Call 1-800-273-8255 https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/ June 8, 2018 8:31 AM Log in to Reply bethebalance During hard times, during any times, because you never know what someone else is going through if you’re not in touch. If you haven’t heard from a friend or a loved one in a while, give a call. June 8, 2018 10:08 AM Log in to Reply MattMD_actual That is certainly true but that stat would overlook populations who likely have some mental health problem but refuse to seek help for whatever reasons. I’ll be perfectly honest, the mental heath field is the last area of medicine that is being drug out of the dark ages. Two generations ago lobotomies were still given for mild causes of bipolar disorder/manic depression. The use of spiritual healing is still a standard practice for addiction problems but it is called 12-step. It’s a frontier area of medicine. With newer therapies and medications things will continue to get better. June 8, 2018 11:33 PM Log in to Reply Benevolus Boy, that “ten Paradoxes” story sounds a lot like someone trying hard to be controversial and/or relevant. June 8, 2018 8:41 AM Log in to Reply Benevolus Any thoughts on this new Cagle secret recording scandal will play out? June 8, 2018 8:44 AM Log in to Reply Lea Thrace Considering that we live in a world where the person occupying the presidency has told (and continues to tell) demonstrable and provable lies with zero consequences, I’m guessing nothing happens to Cagle. June 8, 2018 9:34 AM Log in to Reply Benevolus I don’t understand how Cagle supporting a bill supposedly prevents Hunter Hill from getting a big contribution? June 8, 2018 11:51 AM Log in to Reply Ellynn Passing the bill Hunter’s single issue supporter(s) wanted passed (even if it’s a poorly crafted bill that folks will regret or need changed later) means supporters have no need to give Hunter’s PAC the funds to get what they want, since Cagle gave it to them for free. June 8, 2018 12:04 PM Log in to Reply Benevolus That would be pretty esoteric. Presumably they wouldn’t donate if the bill failed, so why didn’t he fail the bill? In passing the bill, Cagle would had to somehow make it known (to the Walton Family Foundation) that Hunter Hill had nothing to do with it’s passing and he did? Usually those donors don’t give a damn about how their pet bill gets passed as long as it passes. It just seems weird. June 8, 2018 12:11 PM Log in to Reply Andrew C. Pope The bill had failed the year before due, in part, to Cagle’s efforts. Cagle even bragged on the recording how he and Sen. Tippins “beat it to a pulp.” Walton wanted the bill passed, which is why they were going to support Hill. When Cagle pulled that rug out from under him, Walton had no need to give him $3 million.* Casey Cagle got to where he is because his primary opponent back in 2006 was the most amoral slimeball in the history of Georgia politics. The comparative sleaziness of Ralph Reed papered over Cagle’s own shoddy politics and Cagle has slithered his way around as Lt. Governor for over a decade because 1) no one cares about the Lt. Governor and 2) he does exactly what he described in this audio… stabs people in the back for personal gain. Think of Cagle’s morality like the wannabe hipster glasses he wears… it’s just a front designed to make him look like something he’s not. *Side note, this also shows how easily Hill could be bought and we should all be disgusted at the latest reminder of how sausage is made June 8, 2018 12:22 PM Andrew C. Pope I woke up this morning in absolute euphoria after watching my Capitals finally win a Stanley Cup last night. The news of Anthony Bourdain has drained every good feeling I had. I’m gutted and completely numb. It feels strange to be so devastated by the loss of someone I’ve never met. But, for me, Bourdain completely changed how I saw the world, encouraged me to travel to random places, try out-of-the-box menu items, and strike up conversations with folks I would have been too shy to talk to otherwise. The tragedy here stems from how open he was about his struggles with depression, with alcoholism, with drug use. He seemed like he had it under control. The problem, of course, is that depression doesn’t just “go away” and you don’t “beat” it. It’s a lifelong struggle and one that cuts across gender, age, race, sexual orientation, and income level. To echo Eiger’s comment above… talk to your friends and your family. There is a severe stigma around depression and mental health, the best way to dispel that stigma is to be a compassionate, judgement-free ally. Hug your loved ones. Call your parents. Call your kids. Call your spouse. Let them know how much you care about them. June 8, 2018 9:12 AM Log in to Reply Dave Bearse “I think I’m very well prepared. I don’t think I have to prepare very much. It’s about attitude.” — Donald Trump on meeting with North Korea. He’s right too. Trump’s preparation consists of staff assuring him he’s a foreign policy genius that can bullshit and bluster his way to personal success. Trump’s meeting concedes US recognition of North Korea as a nuclear peer. All that North Korea need do to make the dotard happy in return is to allow him a little latitude to project a little attitude. June 8, 2018 9:26 AM Log in to Reply Ellynn I can’t tell you how exhausting it is to have to worry about this every time some one wants to mess with covering pre-existing conditions. https://www.axios.com/trump-justice-threat-affordable-care-act-6e326f0d-9396-49a5-a841-1039e57220f7.html June 8, 2018 9:48 AM Log in to Reply Andrew C. Pope With the renewed focus on mental health due to the past week, a reminder that cutting Medicaid coverage and the GOP’s proposed changes to the ACA would cause a number of low-income Americans to lose access to mental health care and addiction treatment. June 8, 2018 9:59 AM Log in to Reply Ellynn The Trump admin, the DOJ, and the haters of the ACA in congress won’t care about a renew focus on mental health for the deaths of two well known and beloved national icons (one of which was an extreme Trump hater) no more then they care about mental healthcare to prevent would be school shooters – so long as not covering pre-existing conditions or mandating mental healthcare generates a memo of ‘Keeping the promise to kill Obamacare’ or a healthcare story saying insurance rates will not raise as much or could even lower over all for everyone else who would still be covered and it hit the press before the first Thursday in November – lowering the chances of the GOP loosing the House. See in the circus that follows Trumpland. conservative judges are more import then healthcare. Removing decades worth of regulations with no clue what the end result to American will be, is more important the Healthcare (and ethics -Long live the SWAMP!). Raising the defense budget (even while raising the cost of steel so taxpayers get less shock and awe for their buck) is more important the healthcare. Giving Muhammad Ali a pardon (which he technically does not need) is more important then my healthcare. Removing/destroying a law (good or bad) that Obama signed is more important then healthcare Yes that sounds harsh and unfeeling, and it saddens me greatly to say it, but it does not make it anyless true. June 8, 2018 11:08 AM Log in to Reply Andrew C. Pope The frustrating thing for me is this Administration’s approach to the opioid epidemic. Politically, they know it’s a winning issue for them, that’s why they made such a big show of the opioid tax force. However, on a policy front, they’re proposing significant cuts to programs that provide addiction support and treatment for those that need it, they’re slashing Medicaid (which a large number of folks struggling with opioid addiction use to fund their addiction treatment), and, in general, making it harder for individuals, healthcare providers, and communities to combat these issues. But hey, the President tweets about executing drug dealers and national prescription drug turn-in day, so I guess that’s what counts for an opioid policy these days. June 8, 2018 11:21 AM Log in to Reply Andrew C. Pope *task force, not tax force Free the edit button! June 8, 2018 11:22 AM Dave Bearse A better lead for “One of these is not like the other” would be, “It’s Texas, ‘nuf said.” June 8, 2018 9:53 AM Log in to Reply Noway2016 A catastrophic loss… http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2018/06/08/fox-news-star-charles-krauthammer-reveals-has-weeks-to-live-in-heartbreaking-letter.html June 8, 2018 12:23 PM Log in to Reply ScottNAtlanta Karen Handel’s ignorance of the Constitution shines through once more during questions on the census citizenship question “Rep. Karen Handel (R-GA), whose red state is gradually turning purple as its immigrant population grows, suggested in her questions for Marshall that all noncitizens — not just undocumented immigrants — should be excluded from congressional apportionment.” Yeah Karen…reduce Georgia’s influence and when we lose a seat we’ll be sure it’s YOURS! Entire piece here https://talkingpointsmemo.com/muckraker/republicans-congressional-apportionment-census-hearing June 8, 2018 1:26 PM Log in to Reply Andrew C. Pope Any time you’re on the same side as Steve King, you need to re-evaluate your life choices. June 8, 2018 1:53 PM Log in to Reply Ellynn Interesting lead… https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2018/06/the-astonishing-tale-of-the-man-mueller-calls-person-a/562217/ June 8, 2018 4:34 PM Log in to Reply Ellynn That should say read not lead… Sigh… So Deep Dark, we ever going to get the 5 min edit thingy back…? June 8, 2018 4:36 PM Log in to Reply Noway2016 What a clown. Bring back Benedict…or even Al Gorged… http://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/391470-pope-warns-oil-executives-climate-change-may-destroy-civilization June 9, 2018 10:38 AM Log in to Reply Andrew C. Pope I’ve heard DoD officials say the same thing. The only folks not taking it seriously are the ones collecting checks from the oil industry and the ones dumb enough to believe them. June 9, 2018 8:33 PM Log in to Reply Noway2016 Another needless tragedy. Babies, family members gone…Kill every God Damned one of these things! If the deer population skyrockets, make deer season two weeks longer. I need a new belt and boots and Fish Thyme in Acworth needs more meat for its’ appetizers! https://www.yahoo.com/gma/body-missing-florida-woman-bitten-alligator-found-officials-162203739–abc-news-topstories.html June 10, 2018 7:47 AM Log in to Reply Andrew C. Pope So when an innocent kid gets shot you post the link to celebrate another “maggot” getting their comeuppance. Yet, when a lady is bitten by an alligator it’s justification to kill the entire species? Your head is a weird weird place. June 11, 2018 4:59 AM Log in to Reply Benevolus Not so weird if you premise your position on every issue with the question “How can we turn this into an advertisement to sell more guns?”. June 11, 2018 8:17 AM Log in to Reply Add a Comment Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.