Morning Reads – Thursday, July 12, 2018

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Benevolus
Benevolus

That flying train things seems like a non-starter to me. What’s the point? To keep people from having to walk from the plane to a train or shuttle? Most people are anxious to get the hell off of the plane anyway. And a lot of airports have a transit station built right in anyway, so you are only saving the stroll through the terminal. And what about luggage? And would you have to build rails all over the airport tarmac? So let’s make the most difficult part of the trip more complicated and dangerous (and presumably expensive) . How about… Read more »

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

Soup ’em up, enable ’em to be hooked together so that people can travel as a unit, add autopilot and cars can be done away with too.

Benevolus
Benevolus

I’ve actually been thinking about an idea like that for a while now. Little electric cars that could be hooked together like a train. You drive yours to the MARTA station, they have an ‘engine’, that can pull a bunch of cars. When you get to your station/destination, you unhook and drive the rest of the way to work or wherever. You could drive all the way to work yourself, but this way you don’t really have to pay attention, and if there are dedicated lanes for this you wouldn’t be stuck in the traffic jams (maybe). But you have… Read more »

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

Self-driving vehicle technology will handle it.

The hooked together element was included so that people could chat enroute and/or parents have control of children’s wheelchairs on other than local road.

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

I’m guessing Paul Ryan doesn’t make a lot of eye contact with his wife and daughter.

Ellynn
Ellynn

No. Just No. I don’t care how many emails, letters, personal meeting etc. I have to set up with my congressmen, send out to newspapers editorial boards or protest, This is a step too far.

https://www.axios.com/donald-trump-new-air-force-one-paint-job-b3ff40b3-f8da-448e-9023-a1ea73067488.html

Benevolus
Benevolus

I was hoping there was an Air Force One scene in Idiocracy I could compare it to, but alas…

Ellynn
Ellynn
Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

The story should have included a full length mock up so as to include “MAGA” above Trump’s portrait on the tail.

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

Ouch. The comment above was meant to be in response to Ellynn’s comment on Air Force One.

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

Number 1 in business: “Low ranks in categories like cost of doing business, quality of life and education pushed it to eighth in 2016. The year 2017 saw yet another rebound with Atlanta almost reclaiming the coveted title of number one state for business coming second only to Minnesota.”

Another reminder that outstate Georgia is an dying afterthought.

chamblee54
chamblee54

https://chamblee54.wordpress.com/2018/07/12/nevada-death-drugs/
Nevada has a death row inmate, Scott Dozier, who is demanding to be executed. Only problem is, Nevada does not have the drugs necessary to lethally inject Mr. Dozier. The drug manufacturers are refusing to sell Nevada the product that it needs.

Noway2016
Noway2016

Would a prison guard’s pistol work?

Benevolus
Benevolus

Not really. But if you make someone from Nevada Right To Life clean up the mess maybe we can talk.

Noway2016
Noway2016

Nawwwww, bro. Just think of it as a Retroactive Abortion and you’ll be running there personally let him use your gun!

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

I really love watching clowns like Gowdy and Jordan get dunked on.

Benevolus
Benevolus

That was brutal.

Caroline
Caroline

Anybody who saw Gowdy in the Benghazi circus with Hillary knew what an idiot he was. The fact that SC elected this guy as a solicitor at one time looks really bad on them. The main point in all this is that it explains why Trump was so adamant about Strzok. Strzok had the Russian goods on Trump during the campaign and yet he did not leak them to the press.

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Gowdy isn’t an idiot. He just chooses to be a hack because there’s a pot of book deals and Fox News paychecks at the end of his rainbow.

Noway2016
Noway2016

What is the going rate for a FN contributor? Like when Chaefetz (sp) leaves congress for a gig there. It’s gotta be substantial. Over a million?? Genuinely curious…

Caroline
Caroline

As somone who grew up in SC I’m not so sure he’s not an idiot. Generally people who act like him are ignorant. He’s a graduate of USC school of law which for a long time was considered one of the worst law schools in the country. You probably already knew that though.

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Idiots don’t clerk for a federal judge and get a job as an AUSA (and serve successfully as an AUSA).

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Louis Gohmert calling out Strzok for having an affair wouldn’t be notable if he didn’t have a whole host of mistresses in his closet.

Ellynn
Ellynn

This is behind a pay wall. If I find a clean link I’ll post it.

The premise of this op-ed is that by destroying the farmers of a dozens of states through a trade war so save the 250.000+ stealworkers, the Trump Admin is now going to bail out the farmers…

https://www.wsj.com/articles/dust-bowl-economics-1531349985

alpha male
alpha male

Gowdy was brilliant. He may well be the single ableist and smartest member of congress. I hate that he is leaving. If Trump is ever successful in getting Sessions to resign, he would do well to appoint Trey AG. Strozok is gonna have nightmares of him.

And on Gowdy, it seems about half the time I channel surf thru Forensic Files, Trey Gowdy is the prosecutor on the case they are spotlighting,

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

I hope Trump at least pays your cab fare.

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

If Gowdy is so brilliant how come he couldn’t come up with anything on Benghazi despite nearly three years of hearings?

Dude is a clown of the highest order.

Caroline
Caroline

Don’t forget Gowdy was calling in conspiracy theorists to interview.

alpha male
alpha male

Not sure I would consider Benghazi such a failure if I were you. Guess which subject of that inquiry is not potus now.

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

So you’re admitting there was no substantive purpose outside of inflicting political harm to Hillary Clinton?

alpha male
alpha male

Are you asking if I believe that there are politics involved in, wait for it, politics?

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

I’m merely pointing out the irony of you getting your hackles raised about a “political witch hunt.” While simultaneously celebrating the “success” of an investigation – which you acknowledge – had no substantive merit and existed solely for the political destruction of a certain individual.

I’m not surprised – hacks gon hack, after all – but I do think it’s helpful for other folks on here to see how intellectually dishonest you are.

alpha male
alpha male

Your continued lack of reading comprehension is duly noted( yet again). I acknowledged no such thing. I was pointing out the irony in your using Benghazi to disparage Trey Gowdy. A man who is making the dems on that committee look downright stupid.

bethebalance
bethebalance

I was never of fan of such self-serving tautologies.
The question should not be whether politics is politics, but how much policy is part of the politics, and vice versa. My preference of an ideal world has the business of the House and Senate primarily focused on policy. But I’ll settle for 50/50.
The Benghazi hearings, though, seemed very very skewed towards politics. And thus inefficient. And ugly.

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

By the way, since you’ve had a while, have you read the IG report yet?

alpha male
alpha male

Speaking of the IG, are you sticking to the claim that the IG is NOT investigating whether anti Trump bias was involved in the genesis of the Russia investigation?

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

I went back and looked, because I didn’t want to misquote you, your assertion at the time was that the IG report (which doesn’t concern the Russia investigation) vindicated Trump in the Russia investigation.

Don’t try and change your words around because I dunked on you a few weeks ago.

bethebalance
bethebalance

Also, who cares if the IG is investigating? It’s the results, not the investigation that matters. All of us humans tend to jump to conclusions now nd again, but only the unwise count their chickens before they hatch.

Benevolus
Benevolus

June 20: “We got back our great fallen heroes, the remains sent back today, already 200 got sent back,” July 12: North Korean officials did not turn up to a Thursday meeting with the U.S. military about repatriating the remains of American war dead. The most recent transfer of remains between North Korea and the United States occurred in 2005. ————— The big issue isn’t really that he didn’t get this done, because many were skeptical anyway. But it is his delusion. He really seems to believe that if he says something it automatically becomes true. Even if it’s just… Read more »

bethebalance
bethebalance

And who would have guessed that Papa John had some latent racism? Not those still caught up in denial that racism is a motivating factor in the war against the NFL players.

Caroline
Caroline
Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

Indeed. There were snippets from that writing in political news everywhere. There was this after a review of the famous Welch testimony before McCarthy testimony ended with the well-known quote: “Have you no sense of decency, sir? At long last, have you left no sense of decency?” “This morning, it was Strzok’s turn. After an hour of drama-queen badgering from Trey “Benghazi” Gowdy and Bob Goodlatte, Strzok issued two passionate statements that will be the takeaways from an otherwise disorganized and contentious s—show of a hearing before the House Judiciary and Oversight Committees. The first was a ringing defense of… Read more »

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

LOL at Karen Handel calling someone else disingenuous.

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Noway, your boy is back in the news: https://t.co/hJHJxrvozd?amp=1

Roy Moore will not be duped! Not by Sacha Baron Cohen! Not by that hot 15 year old he met in the chat room! Not by Chris Hansen! Not by anybody! No sir!

Caroline
Caroline

Sarah Palin claimed to be duped by Sacha Baron Cohen also.

Will Durant
Will Durant

Comment of the day:
“Russian interference in our elections constitutes a grave attack on our democracy. Most disturbingly, it has been wildly successful — sowing discord in our nation and shaking faith in our institutions. I have the utmost respect for Congress’s oversight role, but I truly believe that today’s hearing is just another victory notch in Putin’s belt and another milestone in our enemies’ campaign to tear America apart.” — Peter Strzok

Should he have used his FBI issued phone account to express personal political thoughts? No. Should Republican lickspittles continue being Putin’s tools? Emphatically NO.

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

You snagged the some of the same quote I did. I hadn’t seen your comment before I made mine. (The first sentence in the quote you provided wasn’t included in the Caroline’s Daily Beast link.

Will Durant
Will Durant

Fun fact: Go to Google News and expand the headlines for this one event and look at the variations done on just the headlines by the assorted editors. It gives us a clue on why we are where we are and the underlying problem. Voters are mostly going to sources that use their chosen filters for their information whether it be a legitimate news organization or social media. Herein lies a massive problem. Along with a political system that only gave us a binary choice on which brand of crazy you wanted it made the Russians jobs easier.