Monday Morning Reads — July 16

Happy Monday, everyone! Most importantly, Happy Birthday Week to me!

France defeated Croatia to win the World Cup.

Trump is meeting with Putin today. CNN is covering it.

America is like, putting tariffs on China and they’re totally bugging so they’re placing more tariffs and Europe is like, guys stop!

Atlanta’s underground cosplay culture.

Cagle admits he’s running to be the “craziest”

Audio: Listen to analysis of last night’s debate

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chamblee54
chamblee54

Lucy McBath sent out a mailer talking about the death of her son. https://chamblee54.wordpress.com/2018/07/14/lucy-mcbath/

chamblee54
chamblee54

It is a bit of folk knowledge that Monroe Drive changes to Boulevard because that is where black people live. Chamblee54 takes a look at this. Google did not provide a definite answer. https://chamblee54.wordpress.com/2018/07/15/monroe-drive-or-boulevard-3/

Mr. Bear
Mr. Bear

There is at least one more, on the west side of Atlanta. It was Peyton Road and Hightower Road, dividing at what was then Gordon Road (now MLK Drive). Looking back at the maps, they were two separate streets at an offset intersection. Please see:

http://disc.library.emory.edu/atlanta1928topo/#zoom=16&lat=33.74862&lon=-84.46977&layers=BT

This offset took on racial overtones later, in the 1960’s, when a physical barrier was erected near that point. Please see:

http://www.atlantamagazine.com/civilrights/atlantas-berlin-wall/

Some of the changes were done purely for real estate values. Better to to be on Peachtree Somethingoranother rather than Ivy Street, for example.

chamblee54
chamblee54

Thank you. I have taken the liberty of copying this into the comments on the blog post.

Mr. Bear
Mr. Bear

The Emory maps are a real trove for historians. showing both the original streets and their modern day counterparts. In the case of Briarcliff / Moreland, it appears that this has always been the case, at least back as far as 1928. You can see the logic, with Briarcliff essentially being a residential street while Moreland was a heavier commercial street. As a streetcar enthusiast, the 1928 maps are also useful in that they show all of the streetcar trackage, not just the car lines only. Georgia Railway and Power had a siding into a quarry that was located near… Read more »

chamblee54
chamblee54

If you are not careful, you can spend hours looking at that Emory map.
The former Simpson Road is now Joseph E. Boone Boulevard. The new street names are always longer than the old ones.

bethebalance
bethebalance

I still can’t buy any of the reasons put forth justifying Trump meeting Putin without aides. The only way aides would hinder his discussion is if he couldn’t manage the aides properly, or if he wanted to talk about something off the books. And there is not one American interest that shouldn’t be on the books. It’s super super shady.

Caroline
Caroline

I wonder if there are not recording devices put in Trump’s clothing or a microphone.

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

From former Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul: First, Putin prefers small groups. When I was in the government, we had to fight constantly with Putin’s protocol team about the number of people allowed to attend his meetings. We always wanted more; Putin’s team preferred less. One-on-one meetings between heads of state are not rare and they’re something that was done under Obama, Bush, Clinton, and every administration stretching all the way back to the first time they started coming over here or we started going over there. My concern is less about the notion of meeting with Putin one-on-one and… Read more »

bethebalance
bethebalance

Yeah, I guess it boils down to trust- to properly represent, and to be a quality representative without assistance. Even though I 100% support efforts to improve the relationship with Russia, I don’t have any trust or faith in this one man all on his own.

Gregs
Gregs

The “Pee tapes” were at the top of the list and aides could not be trusted not to leak this. I”m not sure the interpretuters were even there for this part of the meeting. Putin speaks fluent english though he does do so in public.

bethebalance
bethebalance

I’ve been of the opinion that the pee incident was a piece of disinformation planted by Putin, and I’ve even at times wanted to believe that Trump was downplaying all the Russian interference as a diplomatic effort to move forward, but there’s no denying that Trump doesn’t have the chutzpah to even look Putin in the eyes, or even acknowledge the reality of Russian actions. Which makes me think that the pee tape, or something like it (my guess is knowingly laundering money) is real.

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

I’ve always thought the pee tape was a joke.

I’m starting to think it’s a thing that really exists.

Caroline
Caroline

The ex-spooks on Twitter FWIW seem to think that the pee tape is fake but that there is real kompromat on Trump.

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Trump is losing Fox (business, at least):

Neil Cavuto: “It’s disgusting. I’m sorry, that’s the way I feel. This is not a right or left thing, it’s a right or wrong thing. A US President on foreign soil talking to our biggest enemy, or adversary, or competitor, I don’t know how we define them these days, is essentially letting the guy get away with this and not even offering a mild criticism. That sets us back a lot.”

Ellynn
Ellynn
Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

President Trump looks like a subserviant lapdog. Mike Pence says “hold my O’Douls.”

“What the world saw, what the American people saw, is that President Donald Trump will always put the prosperity and security of America first.”

Caroline
Caroline

In bad news for the NRA Maria Butina was indicted and arrested yesterday.

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

“Mr. Gorbachev, I deeply apologize for our actions which have led to the construction of this wall.”

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

“BUTINA’s efforts in the United States to promote the political interests of the Russian Federation were diverse and multifaceted, including BUTINA’s efforts to organize a series of ‘friendship and dialogue’ dinners, some of which are believed to have taken place in the District of Columbia, as well as BUTINA’s attendance at two National Prayer Breakfasts in the District of Columbia.”

The National Prayer Breakfast: where Russian spies go to cultivate GOP assets

Caroline
Caroline

I know. Too funny!

Will Durant
Will Durant

Putin eats Trump’s lunch in Helsinki — This is no way to win against Russia

“For a sitting U.S. president to say publicly that he believes a foreign leader over his own intelligence team is shocking and admonishable. At a time when our democracy faces grave threats, it is deeply troubling that the president would side with the very country who attacked us.

Washington Post opinion piece? New York Times editorial? Nah. Douglas E. Schoen of FoxNews Fox Fricken News
http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2018/07/16/putin-eats-trumps-lunch-in-helsinki-this-is-no-way-to-win-against-russia.html

Caroline
Caroline

Maybe then some of the people that spend their time glued to Fox will start to realize that Trump definitely has a problem.

Sally Forth
Sally Forth

Will, Doug Schoen is a Democrat strategist who, among other things, worked for Hillary Clinton’s campaign. Just because he was on FOX does not make him a Republican nor a Trump supporter.

Sally Forth
Sally Forth

Putin Drops a Bomb at Summit! U.S. Intelligence helped move $400 million to Hillary’s campaign from Socialist/Communist Browder, who made over $1.5 billion in Russia and never paid taxes to either Russia or the U.S. The media’s hysterical interpretation of how Mr. Trump handled a hostile question from the A/P reporter today is all gaslighting to cover up this REAL story of the day – the Clinton-Fusion-Russian connection. I watched the whole thing on C-SPAN and my jaw dropped when I heard his words. Here’s an article that gives some detail on what really needs investigation and prosecution: https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2018/07/putin-blows-apart-russia-collusion-probe-says-russian-group-gave-400000000-to-hillary-clinton-video/

Caroline
Caroline

Naturally you use a Putin mouthpiece to spread some conspiracy theory and you believe Putin over Americans.

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Funny Putin should mention Browder, seeing as the allegation he repeated was the “dirt” Natalia Veselnitskaya used to get a meeting with the Trump campaign team back in 2016. Why would Putin have an axe to grind with Browder? Browder led the charge for the Magnitsky Act after the KGB improperly jailed Browder’s friend, Sergei Magnitsky, and later beat Magnitsky to death. If the Act sounds familiar, it’s because Veselnitskaya used the Trump Tower meeting to lobby against the Magnitsky Act with the Trump campaign team. Why get rid of the Magnitsky Act? Well the Act froze the assets of… Read more »

Caroline
Caroline

FYI the fact checkers that attempted to check the statement from Putin about the donations to Hillary’s claim found they were so baseless that it rated below pants on fire to “no pants”.