Monday Reads for Monday, July 2

Good morning! Here’s to hoping your weekend was as lovely as mine, because I found $20.

Georgia

There Be Dragons

  • The German Chancellor’s government teeters over the migrant issue. Fortunately, German instability has never become anyone else’s problem.
  • Meanwhile, a leftist wins the Mexican presidency for the first time in decades. Meet the new 30s, same as the old 30s.
  • You’re going to read a lot about how Collins and Murkowski could derail the Supreme Court nomination, but the truth is that Manchin and Heitkamp are more likely to defect
  • Nathan wants y’all to be prepared to splice wires to NASA standards as we get ready for the Space Force. (Editorial comment: SPACE FORCE!)

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Benevolus
Benevolus

Ah, that wire splicing technique is one reason why those spacecraft often end up lasting 30 years beyond their designed life!

chefdavid
chefdavid

Here is a neat Agricultural/Industry Survey TVA did of Fannin County Life in the 1930’s. It’s a good read if this link works. http://t10010.eos-intl.net/elibsql17_T10010_Documents/999_6_T29gf.pdf

Baker
Baker

I saw some other news about that $20 – https://twitter.com/CharlieBHarper/status/1013121653591695361

Ellynn
Ellynn

Besides a blue wave, and a pink wave, there seems to be a marker board wave too…

https://www.axios.com/teachers-strikes-midterm-elections-teacher-pay-9f95fd6c-676d-4eb7-916d-442839a1d000.html

Ellynn
Ellynn
Enjoy the Silence
Enjoy the Silence

Mick Mulvaney time as Acting Director of the CFPB expired a little over a week ago and he is no longer allowed to be the Acting Director according to Federal law……and yet he is still in that position. Why? 5 USC 3346 (a) Except in the case of a vacancy caused by sickness, the person serving as an acting officer as described under section 3345 may serve in the office– (1) for no longer than 210 days beginning on the date the vacancy occurs; or (2) subject to subsection (b), once a first or second nomination for the office is… Read more »

Noway2016
Noway2016

What, you the “Appointment Police?” Lololol! Who cares?! He’ll be appointed or renewed as long as TGM wants!

Gregs
Gregs

You think we’re a country of laws? Wrong. We’re a country run by small cult whose leader does not play by any rules and whose followers live by a code of victimhood caused by immigrants from s…hole countries. Its a cult where an American war hero is bad but Kim Jong Un is good; where our military are killers but the KGB is good. Where….I could go on but why bother?

Noway2016
Noway2016

Sea Kelp…Truly, my friend. I mean, really…

Caroline
Caroline

You win the internet today. Don’t forget immigrants are all sex slavers and they are coming to take their jobs. What do Republicans do for a living?

Ellynn
Ellynn

“Companies announced $433.6 billion in share repurchases during the period, nearly doubling the previous record of $242.1 billion in the first quarter…”

“”Corporate cash is going to find a home, and it’s either going to be in buybacks, dividends or M&A activity. What it’s not going to be is in capex..” And Raises. Bonuses sure, raises, nope.

“So while companies are likely to continue to prop up the market by returning cash to shareholders, it comes against a backdrop of concern that there simply may be no better place to put money amid the trade uncertainty.”

https://www.cnbc.com/2018/07/02/corporate-buybacks-are-the-only-thing-keeping-the-stock-market-afloat.html

joe
joe

I have used heat-shrink splice connectors for years. The splice is stronger than the wire, insulated better, and takes much less time than the NASA standard.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Wh5gM8GM70
But of course, the government always does it better.

Benevolus
Benevolus

Looks OK for stranded wire, maybe not for solid core. Also seems like it would be easy to overheat. And you can’t do it with a soldering iron/gun.
Pretty nice if you need an insulated connection though.

Ellynn
Ellynn

The Survivalist Libertarian welder, lumberjack, and part time cow herder (AKA the Baby Bro) has forced me to watch Fox News. Every. Hour. Of. The. Day.

On the upside I got to see our very own LaDawn Jones tonight.

Will Durant
Will Durant

Surprised I missed that segment. I’ve been visiting with an elderly aunt (pushing the century mark) who seemingly also gets one channel. We gave her foam bricks to toss at the occasional libs on Fox years ago. I’m sure LaDawn would have gotten one if my aunt was both awake and wearing her hearing aids at the time.

I’ve been doing my part for the disloyal opposition by making sure Sheldon Adelson doesn’t get to wet his beak in my poker take.

Noway2016
Noway2016
Will Durant
Will Durant

It started with your shoes, then your water. Now the TSA wants your snacks.
Experienced this myself this past weekend. Who knew that explosives resembled nuts and berries? Also my second tour through the special search room. I don’t even resemble Paul Broun.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/trafficandcommuting/traveling-via-air-expect-to-remove-your-snacks-and-place-them-in-a-bin/2018/06/29/ea0bede2-796c-11e8-aeee-4d04c8ac6158_story.html

Benevolus
Benevolus

my second tour through the special search room

What, did you say “I’ve got your snack right here”?

Will Durant
Will Durant

Nah, they “randomly” pick you out of the line and swab your hands and arms. Then they run the swabs through a machine and I’ve failed the swab test both times. They will not reveal what substances they are testing for and I’ve read all sorts of ideas on the net if you can imagine that. It could be that both times I have stopped at Waffle House on the way to the airport to fill up with a no-carb, high-nitrate filled omelette. I’m now swearing off bacon before flying.

downthemiddle
downthemiddle

Maybe the libs will ban the TSA too. Ban the police and the military too. All are racist institutions designed by the man to keep folks of color down. Maxine for president. Bill Ayers VP.

Benevolus
Benevolus

Is this a hint that you want to discuss the idea of banning ICE?

Or are you just looking for (inventing?) a reason to be pissed off?

Noway2016
Noway2016

Can’t speak for Down, here but by all means you and the OtherLibs keep talking about banning ICE. Not just here, but coffee shops, meeting rooms, maybe even football stadiums. The more y’all vomit nonsense the bigger percentage your margin of loss will be!

Benevolus
Benevolus

Glad to see that you are safe and warm in the safe space of not thinking for yourself.

bethebalance
bethebalance

I happen to agree that the whole idea of abolishing ICE doesn’t make any sense from a policy or political perspective. You can either change the immigration law, or change enforcement priorities. Restructuring ICE back into another department won’t change either of those things. Because it’s all a reaction to the inhumanity of the enforcement priorities (we need to fully prosecute), the discussion should be on enforcement priorities (focus 1st on violent criminals, including MS13 (since they are often used as a political point of reference)). I.e. Why shouldn’t we eradicate MS13 before we eradicate the spirits of helpless children?

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Balance, I think the “abolish ICE” language is merely an attempt to shift the overton window to the left. I’m fully supportive of a re-prioritization and re-structuring of ICE (as are a number of ICE officials and former ICE officials). The organization does good work in combating counterfeit goods. The organization does a good job in facilitating the removal of dangerous criminals. But the way ICE is operating under the Trump Administration – specifically, targeting non-criminal immigrants and conducting indiscriminate raids in Latino communities – is a perversion of the organization’s priorities and, quite simply, a diversion of resources from… Read more »

bethebalance
bethebalance

Yeah, it’s a matter of enforcement priorities.
And I understand that #abolishice is primarily rhetoric intended to capture the anger at the current admin’s enforcement priorities, I don’t think it helps politically. Swing voters won’t like it. Let me instead suggest #”WarmTheICE or #ICEontherocks or #ChillOutICE

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Agree to disagree. ICE doesn’t poll that well to begin with and “abolish ICE” communicates the message more succinctly than “reconsider ICE’s funding and enforcement agenda.” The goal is to drive base turnout and I think a vast majority of the base are either on board with “abolish ICE” or, like me, on board with the notion that ICE needs to be re-calibrated.

If this drives base turnout… good. There are plenty of other issues we can use to appeal to swing voters.

bethebalance
bethebalance

In a way, the differences mirror the Evans v. Abrams strategies. Not that GA is very representative of the entire U.S….

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

It’s a midterm, so the goal should be turnout turnout turnout. Anyone in the middle or on the fence in 2018 probably isn’t engaged enough to be relied upon from a turnout perspective.

Will Durant
Will Durant

I’m thinking that downthemiddleoftherightedgeoftheflatearth is just suffering from projection ejaculation.

Noway2016
Noway2016

Keep eating those Cheetos, Will…Lol!

bethebalance
bethebalance

If you mean that s/he hates Dems because s/he assumes that all Dem policies and priorities are based on an assumption that all Repub policies and priorities are racist, because in fact s/he won’t confront the realities of hate that are in fact embedded in his/her own political positions, and perhaps embedded in his/her soul, then I have to say, based on the constant race-baiting and race-based assumptions, that is a distinct possibility.

Noway2016
Noway2016

Psssssst….(you forgot Nazi and now y’alls latest….wait for it. A “cult!!!!”) LMAO!

Benevolus
Benevolus

For my friends on “the right”: Why is abolishing the IRS OK but abolishing ICE not even worth considering?

Noway2016
Noway2016

More Christian bashing. Bring it on! Real Americans ain’t putting up with it anymore!
https://www.google.com/amp/s/amp.thedailybeast.com/amy-coney-barrett-the-trump-supreme-court-pick-wholl-troll-liberals-the-hardest

Caroline
Caroline

Are you okay with a cult member being on the supreme court? Let’s not forget the supreme court itself said that religious litmus tests are okay. Her cult even has “handmaids”. You can’t make this stuff up.

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Honestly, you’re just as bad as Noway at this point. She isn’t in a cult and the reference to “handmaids” has more to do with Mary’s declaration of “Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word.” The issue isn’t cults. The issue is diversity. Barrett is Catholic – albeit a weird sect of Catholicism – but a Catholic “nun the less.” (get it?) She’d be replacing Kennedy, another Catholic, and joining a bench stocked with nothing but Catholics and Jews. Roberts – Catholic Thomas – Catholic Ginsburg – Jewish Breyer – Jewish Alito –… Read more »

Ellynn
Ellynn

Hi, Actual Catholic here. No one is called a handmaiden

Barret belongs to a group that has no religious affiliation besides being Christian in addition to be Catholic.

https://peopleofpraise.org/missionary/

Caroline
Caroline

She’s not a regular Catholic. She’s in a weird offshoot like Mel Gibson. This sounds really weird to me: Some of the group’s practices would surprise many faithful Catholics. Members of the group swear a lifelong oath of loyalty, called a covenant, to one another, and are assigned and are accountable to a personal adviser, called a “head” for men and a “handmaid” for women. The group teaches that husbands are the heads of their wives and should take authority over the family. Current and former members say that the heads and handmaids give direction on important decisions, including whom… Read more »

Ellynn
Ellynn

Again, People of Praise is not a Catholic affiliated group. It has extremely conservative leaning in charismatic and evangelical foundations. It has Catholic, Lutheran, Methodists, Pentecostals and Angelicins in its group.

Aim your ire at the correct cult please.

Caroline
Caroline

WEll, that is what I said. She’s not a regular Catholic as in she’s not a Roman Catholic. Maybe she will answer these questions if she is nominated.

Ellynn
Ellynn

If you are Catholic you are Catholic. Their is no little subsets. You are Catholic. You have religious orders which are part of a religious institute and independent communities, like Carmelites, Jesuits, etc.. You can have movements, like Catholic Tradionalists or the Catholic Worker Movement. But we don’t have sects Catholic is Catholic, unless you use it with a little ‘c’.

Caroline
Caroline

I would not say Gorsuch was Catholic. He apparently grew up Catholic but no longer attends Mass. Whether he officially got confirmed as an Episcopalian I don’t know.

Noway2016
Noway2016

Bring it on! I hope TGM picks her purely out of spite. To accelerate your Side’s Slide into political irrelevance. Ohhhhhh, don’t you have a cabinet member you can bully and threaten in a restaurant somewhere?! Real Americans are watching your crap!!

Caroline
Caroline

You wish. Why has the GOP been continually losing special elections if everything is so great for them? Even you don’t believe the nonsense you post.

Noway2016
Noway2016

Lololol! You want to talk about GOP losing after the absolute defiling you dilweeds took last week courtesy of the Supreme Court!?!?! LMMFAO!!! A “Clockwork Orange” was more gentle!

Caroline
Caroline

Of course. I guess you’re looking for that musket to fight the civil war tomorrow. Don’t eat the cornmeal mush though grandpa.

alpha male
alpha male

Amy Coney Barrett is absolutely Roman Catholic. As is almost always the case, you don’t have the remotest clue as to what you speak. You have to be a troll.

Caroline
Caroline

She is a member of People of Praise which according to Ellyn has no affiliation with the Catholic Church.

Noway2016
Noway2016
Caroline
Caroline

Another pedophile scandal for the GOP. This time with Jim Jordan. Or maybe more of sexual abuse that was going on since they were at Ohio State and probably over 18.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/powerpost/jim-jordan-denies-allegations-that-he-ignored-sexual-abuse-of-wrestlers-at-ohio-state/2018/07/03/692864f6-7edc-11e8-bb6b-c1cb691f1402_story.html?utm_term=.7f5cebe4931d