July 12, 2018 6:00 AM HomeMorning ReadsMorning Reads – Thursday, July 12, 2018 Morning Reads – Thursday, July 12, 2018 By Jessica Szilagyi Morning Reads 49 Comments Peaches “Georgia is no longer the best state to do business” Spending level hits record in Georgia gubernatorial race A 200 year dispute will see…more dispute National coverage of the Cagle recordings Lt. Governor’s race is just plaint nasty Solitary confinement use criticized in recent report for Georgia Working with Georgia’s Chief School Turnaround Officer Gang activity across Georgia at ‘crisis’ levels Jimmy Carter TSA Agents win immunity claims An interesting read on the new mayor of San Fran We’re set to become the world’s top oil producer Court rules against parents looking to change name of trans teen Vice Mayor calls for Straight Pride month Sweet Tea Papa John’s joins list of “business with publicity problems” Isn’t a flyinf train still a plane? Share this:TwitterFacebookTumblrRedditEmailPrint Related About Author jszilagyi5 49 Comments 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 this: If we are trying to save people from having to get up out of their seats and walk for a few minutes, let’s just make all airplane seats motorized wheelchairs. July 12, 2018 8:09 AM Log in to Reply 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. July 12, 2018 12:02 PM Log in to Reply 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 a choice! July 12, 2018 2:56 PM Log in to Reply 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. July 12, 2018 8:17 PM Log in to Reply Andrew C. Pope I’m guessing Paul Ryan doesn’t make a lot of eye contact with his wife and daughter. July 12, 2018 9:14 AM Log in to Reply 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 July 12, 2018 9:54 AM Log in to Reply Benevolus I was hoping there was an Air Force One scene in Idiocracy I could compare it to, but alas… July 12, 2018 10:19 AM Log in to Reply Ellynn Good Read. http://time.com/5336615/democracy-will-prevail/ July 12, 2018 10:05 AM Log in to Reply Dave Bearse The story should have included a full length mock up so as to include “MAGA” above Trump’s portrait on the tail. July 12, 2018 12:06 PM Log in to Reply Dave Bearse Ouch. The comment above was meant to be in response to Ellynn’s comment on Air Force One. July 12, 2018 12:08 PM Log in to Reply 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. July 12, 2018 11:59 AM Log in to Reply Ellynn So the Russian created Fake local news too… https://www.npr.org/2018/07/12/628085238/russian-influence-campaign-sought-to-exploit-americans-trust-in-local-news?utm_source=twitter.com&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=politics&utm_term=nprnews&utm_content=20180712 July 12, 2018 12:34 PM Log in to Reply 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. July 12, 2018 1:02 PM Log in to Reply Noway2016 Would a prison guard’s pistol work? July 12, 2018 1:53 PM Log in to Reply Benevolus Not really. But if you make someone from Nevada Right To Life clean up the mess maybe we can talk. July 12, 2018 3:03 PM Log in to Reply Noway2016 Nawwwww, bro. Just think of it as a Retroactive Abortion and you’ll be running there personally let him use your gun! July 12, 2018 3:14 PM Log in to Reply Andrew C. Pope I really love watching clowns like Gowdy and Jordan get dunked on. July 12, 2018 2:38 PM Log in to Reply Benevolus That was brutal. July 12, 2018 2:58 PM Log in to Reply 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. July 12, 2018 6:47 PM Log in to Reply 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. July 12, 2018 6:57 PM Log in to Reply 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… July 12, 2018 7:03 PM Log in to Reply 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. July 12, 2018 7:07 PM Log in to Reply Andrew C. Pope Idiots don’t clerk for a federal judge and get a job as an AUSA (and serve successfully as an AUSA). July 12, 2018 7:31 PM 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. July 12, 2018 3:13 PM Log in to Reply 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 July 12, 2018 3:41 PM Log in to Reply 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, July 12, 2018 4:05 PM Log in to Reply Andrew C. Pope I hope Trump at least pays your cab fare. July 12, 2018 4:20 PM Log in to Reply 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. July 12, 2018 4:28 PM Log in to Reply Caroline Don’t forget Gowdy was calling in conspiracy theorists to interview. July 12, 2018 6:48 PM Log in to Reply 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. July 12, 2018 4:36 PM Log in to Reply Andrew C. Pope So you’re admitting there was no substantive purpose outside of inflicting political harm to Hillary Clinton? July 12, 2018 4:39 PM Log in to Reply alpha male Are you asking if I believe that there are politics involved in, wait for it, politics? July 12, 2018 4:42 PM Log in to Reply 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. July 12, 2018 4:55 PM Log in to Reply 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. July 12, 2018 5:03 PM 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. July 12, 2018 5:03 PM Log in to Reply Andrew C. Pope By the way, since you’ve had a while, have you read the IG report yet? July 12, 2018 4:41 PM Log in to Reply 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? July 12, 2018 4:48 PM Log in to Reply 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. July 12, 2018 5:06 PM Log in to Reply 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. July 12, 2018 5:29 PM 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 that he doesn’t speak precisely, that is a pretty important quality for someone in his position. How many friggin’ things must be overlooked to get to the MAGA part? July 12, 2018 4:37 PM Log in to Reply 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. July 12, 2018 5:25 PM Log in to Reply Caroline Good write up of the congressional hearing today: https://www.thedailybeast.com/republicans-thought-peter-strzok-would-be-a-punching-bag-he-just-knocked-them-out July 12, 2018 7:00 PM Log in to Reply 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 the FBI, with Strzok showing the kind of real passion that makes for great television. The FBI lifer issued a ringing defense of himself and his agency, punching Gowdy hard in the nose. “I can assure you, Mr. Chairman, at no time, in any of these texts, did those personal beliefs ever enter into the realm of any action I took. Furthermore, this isn’t just me sitting here telling you you don’t have to take my word for it. At every step, at every investigative decision, there are multiple layers of people above me, the assistant director, executive assistant director, deputy director, and director of the FBI, and multiple layers of people below me, section chiefs, supervisors, unit chiefs, case agents and analysts, all of whom were involved in all of these decisions. They would not tolerate any improper behavior in me any more than I would tolerate it in them. He closed with this fastball: “That is who we are as the FBI. And the suggestion that I in some dark chamber somewhere in the FBI would somehow cast aside all of these procedures, all of these safeguards and somehow be able to do this is astounding to me. It simply couldn’t happen. And the proposition that that is going on, that it might occur anywhere in the FBI, deeply corrodes what the FBI is in American society, the effectiveness of their mission, and it is deeply destructive.” The second was a shot across Donald Trump’s bow: “I understand we are living in a political era in which insults and insinuation often drown out honesty and integrity. 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.” July 13, 2018 12:17 AM Log in to Reply Andrew C. Pope LOL at Karen Handel calling someone else disingenuous. July 12, 2018 7:35 PM Log in to Reply 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! July 12, 2018 10:04 PM Log in to Reply Caroline Sarah Palin claimed to be duped by Sacha Baron Cohen also. July 13, 2018 7:35 AM Log in to Reply 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. July 12, 2018 11:55 PM Log in to Reply 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. July 13, 2018 12:22 AM Log in to Reply 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. July 13, 2018 6:32 AM Log in to Reply Add a Comment Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.