Morning Reads – Thursday, June 28, 2018

On this date in 1902, Congress passed the Spooner bill, it authorized a canal to be built across the isthmus of Panama.

Peaches

Jimmy Carter

Sweet Tea

 

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Noway2016
Noway2016

With the entire Socialist Movement getting boar hogged by Trump in the past couple of days, I have fallen down on my customary Maggot Missives. Please forgive me. Here ya go..:
https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.wusa9.com/amp/article%3fsection=news&subsection=local&topic=virginia&headline=va-mom-shoots-intruder-who-flew-from-overseas-after-teen-broke-off-online-relationship&contentId=65-567868057

Noway2016
atlindy
atlindy

Folks who believe that the corruption of urban politicians is a pressing and vital issue strangely could care less about tax returns and emoulments when it comes to Trump. (Or Blackwater, Halliburton and the Carlyle Group under George W. Bush. Or similar financial shenanigans that went on under his father. Or, on a state level, the many ethics issues of Deal, the Perdues, John Oxendine, etc.) Funny how that works out. On the other side of the same coin, lots of folks who believe that Trump’s financial dealings are impeachable offenses simply turn the other way, cover their eyes and… Read more »

Noway2016
Noway2016

They all need to be held accountable. No argument here.

atlindy
atlindy

Thank you. Maybe moderates, independents, liberals and conservatives can somehow agree on the need for accountability. But unfortunately, we – by this I mean our country – most recently elected a person with a very checkered (to be kind) history based on his alleged ability to “drain the swamp.” Kind of like electing a goat as CEO of overeaters anonymous, with a bear as his chairman of the board. So we have a long way to go.

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

Karen Handel yesterday voted for the right-wing immigration bill that wasn’t right wing enough for right-wingers, tweeting that that “doing nothing perpetuates lawlessness at our border and results in de facto amnesty.”

And more importantly, the bill would really stick it to ’em.

atlindy
atlindy

Despite the furor over Ossof getting everyone’s hopes up, Handel is a Republican who represents a district that has been Republican since 1979. So as an alternative to flipping out whenever she votes to reflect the longstanding preferences of those who send her to office, and how the prior 4 politicians who held that seat would have voted as well, it would be better to simply: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L0MK7qz13bU Handel votes the same way as the 9 GOP men in Georgia’s congressional delegation. Why they are exempt from the abuse that she regularly gets around these parts is going to have to… Read more »

Benevolus
Benevolus

Ahem.

No R Carter, Buddy GA 1st
No R Ferguson, Drew GA 3rd
Aye R Handel, Karen GA 6th
Aye R Woodall, Rob GA 7th
Aye R Scott, Austin GA 8th
Aye R Collins, Doug GA 9th
No R Hice, Jody GA 10th
No R Loudermilk, Barry GA 11th
No R Allen, Rick GA 12th
No R Graves, Tom GA 14th

Benevolus
Benevolus

I meant to post the link to this vote:
https://www.govtrack.us/congress/votes/115-2018/h297

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

Thanks for the list. It’s evidence of how far the GOP has drifted to the right when its most centrist Georgians are the only ones that voted for right wing legislation that didn’t have a chance of passing.

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

We can debate how well she’s representing the preferences of a district she won with less than 52% of the vote in a low turnout election by voting in favor of right wing. Handel may not have even carried Dunwoody.

She’s going to need to get her incumbency entrenched by 2020, by she’ll otherwise be a goner without a seat that could be shored up in 2022 redistricting. That would be tough anyway, as by then Woodall may be needing help.

Caroline
Caroline

Handel is such a hack. No more in evidence was it when she tried to shut Ted Lieu down in the house.

Noway2016
Noway2016

A logical progression, I suppose…Why did it take this long?
http://www.tmz.com/2018/06/27/ron-jeremy-sued-sexual-assault-battery-washington-radio-model/

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Because our society has a long history of discrediting and not believing women when they come forward with accusations of sexual assault so, in turn, a lot of women have kept it to themselves for fear of retribution or public embarrassment.

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Sean Hannity already blaming Maxine Waters for this mass shooting in Maryland.

#civility

Caroline
Caroline

I saw that and was laughing because the only people who have been advocating as having reporters murdered is people on the right like Milo. I guess Hannity doesn’t know the difference between protesting and murder. Even Trump called them “the enemy of the people”.

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

I’m not laughing about people being murdered. You shouldn’t either.

Caroline
Caroline

I’m not laughing at people being murdered but I am laughing at the idiocy of Sean Hannity.

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

I don’t think that’s any better.

downthemiddle
downthemiddle

Oh wait, did Hannity say these hateful idiotic things? Did he say the same things these Hollywood fruit loops are saying much less the millions of pussy hat wearing idiots that went to Washington to demand his impeachment BEFORE he took office?! Did Hannity pull the trigger on the republican softball team? Do all republicans snivel and moan and call anyone they disagree with is a Nazi or Hitler? Isnt that inspiring hate and violence? Your blind rage is dangerous and unhealthy. You might try group therapy. Oh, by the way, do you think the behavior of these liberals is… Read more »

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Since y’all are technically replying to me: did Hannity say these hateful idiotic things Yeah. He did. Like 5 seconds of Googling could have confirmed that for you. Did he say the same things these Hollywood fruit loops are saying If you’re gonna play the whataboutism game, Sean Hannity is a pretty dull knife to bring to the fight. Well before Obama was ever elected President, Hannity was running stories about how Obama was a Muslim, how Obama went to a school for terrorists, how Obama wasn’t born in the United States, how Obama was trying to destroy the country,… Read more »

Caroline
Caroline

You are threatened by women wearing pink hats? Snivel and groan? You obviously don’t ever listen to what Trump says then if you think that. You must not know about what Sarah Sanders said about the press or how Milo was just advocating for journalists to be killed or Trump calling the press the “enemy of the people”. This was reporters that were murdered. Apparently criticism of Trump is something you just cannot tolerate. You probably think North Korea has an ideal country then too.

Caroline
Caroline

Well, the Trump apologists had to eat some crow today at the hearing with Rosenstein and Wray.
https://twitter.com/washingtonpost/status/1012433538006777858

downthemiddle
downthemiddle

Are you kidding? If this group of biased hacks didn’t break laws and protocol, why in the hell are the apologizing for not doing their jobs and having to fire dozens of folks? I have no idea what you are smoking.

Caroline
Caroline

Sorry, but you are wrong. Do you honestly think keeping the fact that Trump was colluding with the Russians under wraps helped anybody but Trump? The GOP made fools of themselves today. Just today another story broke about Trump having Russians at the White House during inauguration in places they should have never been.

Noway2016
Noway2016

Oh, goodie!!! Where are these double secret probation places in the WH that Trump shouldn’t have had his guests see! Bill Clinton’s study near the Oral Office?

Caroline
Caroline

You can’t get over Bill Clinton can you? LOL. I guess living well is the best revenge after all. I understand your issues. Bill Clinton has a best selling book and you’re stuck with Trump.

http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/394637-mueller-investigating-russian-billionaires-invited-to-trump

Caroline
Caroline

Sentencing set for Papadopolous in September.

Noway2016
Noway2016

What’s the going rate for pleading guilty to a process crime to avoid being bankrupted by government thugs? Six months? Danbury?

Caroline
Caroline

I guess it depends on how much evidence he was able to provide against Trump and others. He’s the one that set off the Russian investigation and told the Australians that he had stolen emails from the Russians. Kind of funny that the GOP’s obsession with Hillary’s emails are probably going to be their own undoing. What a bunch of idiots.

alpha male
alpha male

Caroline is gonna be all in a twitter when she finds out Trump has invited Alex Ovechkin to the White House. Probably an impeachable offense.

Caroline
Caroline

Is Trump laundering money for him too?

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Leave Ovi out of this.

Caroline
Caroline

More suprises by the day:
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/28/us/politics/trump-anthony-kennedy-retirement.html

Anthony Kennedy’s son was Trump’s bag man at Deutsche Bank. For those of you who don’t know DB has had a problem with laundering money for Putin. The corruption reaches all the way to the supreme court it seems.

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

No, it doesn’t. Every President has tried to convince justices to retire so they can appoint someone younger to the bench. The same thing happened with Souter and Stevens and O’Connor and White and Blackmun and Stewart and everyone else who hasn’t died on the bench. The President appears to have had a prior relationship with Justice Kennedy’s son. There’s nothing nefarious or improper about that or about leveraging that relationship if it helps convince Justice Kennedy that his legacy would be safe in retirement. There’s nothing to suggest that the younger Kennedy, who left Deutsche in 2009, was involved… Read more »

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

I mean, honestly, Justice Kennedy is 81 years old and has been on the Supreme Court for over 30 years. There’s no Russian plot, he’s just old.

Caroline
Caroline

Well, there are older ones than him still on the court. However , it seems that McConnell must see the GOP losing the senate if he’s in such a rush. I’m not sure nominating a right wing Republican to the court is going to do much to motivate Republicans. It seems to me it would make them more complacent. Frankly playing to a base of 40% of the country doesn’t seem like much of a winning strategy either. John McCain said the investigation of Trump is like a centipede with 1,000 shoes to drop. It could be that McConnell is… Read more »

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

McConnell isn’t worried about losing the Senate, he’s just smart enough to know that now is his best chance to get the type of justice he wants. As I laid out yesterday, there’s a non-zero chance Democrats take control of the Senate in November. While McConnell could push someone through in the lame duck, the needle becomes harder to thread as Senators worried about 2020 (Collins, Tillis) might not be completely on board for another blatant power grab and Senators on their way out the door (Flake, Heller?, Corker) may feel less inclined to sign off on McConnell’s b.s.

Caroline
Caroline

I don’t think Tillis or Collins are going to be off the hook in 2020 if they vote for a bad supreme court pick. Might even extend to Perdue if GA continues on trend.

Noway2016
Noway2016

Far be it from me to agree with you, Drew, but damn, you gotta get control of your new girl here. Humorous, to be sure. But she’s just plain stupid.

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Pot meet kettle.

Noway2016
Noway2016

LOL! You are a hoot, my maybe friend! Glasnost is over. Back to it!