July 19, 2018 6:00 AM HomeMorning ReadsMorning Reads – Thursday, July 19, 2018 Morning Reads – Thursday, July 19, 2018 By Jessica Szilagyi Morning Reads 183 Comments Peaches The Georgia teacher who fired a gun in class has been sentenced to prison Suicides in children in Georgia continue to rise Why did Georgia drop the sales tax holiday? Georgia energy consumption costs among the highest in the country 2 Georgia doctors suing BCBS over ER policy https://reason.com/archives/2018/07/18/a-strategy-for-jury-nullification-victorGeorgia attorney featured for jury nullification The citizenship case of a candidate for state house continues Jimmy Carter California Supreme Court blocks ballot initiative for 3 Californias Do Sacha Baron Cohen’s targets have a shot at winning a lawsuit? But without government, who would regulate the sea shells? Conservatives report more purpose in their lives Sweet Tea` An interesting transgression on the defamation cases for doctors with bad social media reviews Pollution in national parks is as bad as it is in larger cities Bacon is allegedly bad for your mental health Coach says attack on football will lead to downfall of America Share this:TwitterFacebookTumblrRedditEmailPrint Related About Author jszilagyi5 183 Comments Noway2016 Read Ann. Correct as always! http://www.anncoulter.com/columns/2018-07-18.html#read_more July 19, 2018 8:45 AM Log in to Reply ScottNAtlanta I get a strong sense that Ann Coulter is trolling the right sometimes in very clever ways (and making good money doing it) July 19, 2018 10:09 AM Log in to Reply Andrew C. Pope Language is NSFW, but it’s a pretty good rundown of my thought’s on Ann Coulter: July 19, 2018 10:14 AM Log in to Reply ScottNAtlanta Now THAT is funny! July 19, 2018 10:20 AM Log in to Reply downthemiddle Listening liberals talk tough to Russia is comical. Watching Obama bend over a log for Putin and saying be patient, I will do whatever you want after the election or watching them love Gorbachev and hating Reagan….Which party is the HOME of the communist party in America today? Go figure. Oh and just remember that your unbiased CIA and FBI chiefs are saying you are a traitor if you don’t vote democrat!! Can you believe this? I thought Trump could put his foot in his mouth, but nothing like these top officials in the FBI and CIA these days…Again folks, name one thing Trump has done in this collusion fiasco. No evidence. Nothing. If any trial had prosecutors like this, that case would be thrown out in a minute. It becomes more obvious every day. July 19, 2018 9:09 AM Log in to Reply Andrew C. Pope saying be patient, I will do whatever you want after the election . He didn’t say that. . Which party is the HOME of the communist party in America today? . That would be the Communist Party USA, because that’s how political parties work. Just like last week, just like yesterday, can you please define communism and discuss how that political theory is reflected by the Democratic Party’s platform? I’m starting to think you can’t. . your unbiased CIA and FBI chiefs are saying you are a traitor if you don’t vote democrat! . When did Gina Haspel and Christopher Wray tell people to vote for Democrats? . Nothing. If any trial had prosecutors like this, that case would be thrown out in a minute. . That’s cause you don’t go to trial before your investigation is complete. Let’s take the show “The First 48” as an example: If the cops don’t solve the murder within 48 hours, it doesn’t mean the murderer is innocent and it doesn’t mean a murder didn’t occur. It means they keep investigating and following leads. Dude, you’d be a horrible detective. July 19, 2018 9:19 AM Log in to Reply downthemiddle How do democrats plan to win elections when they call their opposition racists, deplorables, gun -toting bible- thumping rubes, stupid, gay haters, misogynists and now TRAITORS. Screaming impeachment before he was even inaugurated and that includes the person leading the Russia probe. The liberal leadership openly states the answer to America’s problems are more and more socialism. Is this intolerance and arrogance inspiring to anyone? And now the president is treasonous for meeting with Putin….How many times can nitwits scream fire in a theatre or make Chicken Little look like Patton? Is anyone sick of this yet? Can anyone point out anything as poisonous being done on the conservative side of the equation? Why does Russia have to do a thing. They live in the democratic party don’t they? Do you see conservatives calling their opposition anything like this? July 19, 2018 9:28 AM Log in to Reply xdog Finally someone explains why the Russians worked so hard to elect Clinton. July 19, 2018 9:51 AM Log in to Reply Andrew C. Pope How do democrats plan to win elections when they call their opposition racists, deplorables, gun -toting bible- thumping rubes, stupid, gay haters, misogynists and now TRAITORS. . Maybe if you’d stop being racist, gay hating, misogynistic, traitors. . Screaming impeachment before he was even inaugurated and that includes the person leading the Russia probe. . That’s not true. Do you and Sally sniff the same brand of glue? . Can anyone point out anything as poisonous being done on the conservative side of the equation? . I would said the persistent denigration of American institutions and norms is pretty poisonous. . Do you see conservatives calling their opposition anything like this? . The KKK flyers in my front yard and at my children’s Jewish daycare would beg to differ. You, specifically, are throwing around the label “communist” like you’re some kind of zombie version of McCarthy. Colin Kapernick exercised his First Amendment rights and has been blacklisted from the NFL due to the outrage of “conservatives.” Black Lives Matter protesters have been called thugs and terrorists by “conservatives.” . Yada, yada, don’t try and remove the speck from your neighbor’s eye without first removing the plank from your own eye, or something to that effect. July 19, 2018 10:07 AM Log in to Reply downthemiddle I have never heard so much twisted bilge in my life! I am sure there are KKK flyers in your neighborhood. I throw this out to anyone. I bet every one of us know 1000 or more people. How many of those folks do you consider racists? July 19, 2018 11:17 AM Benevolus We are seeing it in the news every day middle. Black guy gets the cops called on him in a coffee shop. Hispanic family gets screamed at for no reason. Those are racist actions. Whether those people are “racist’ or not, their actions certainly are. Racism exists. July 19, 2018 11:47 AM Andrew C. Pope My point is that the folks throwing those flyers in my front yard aren’t wearing Hillary Clinton or Joe Biden buttons. . I think there are a lot of folks who are at least a little bit racist. My grandmother used to lock her car doors and roll the windows up when we drove through downtown Atlanta or by Turner Field/Fulton Co. Stadium. She didn’t do the same in Buckhead. She was a wonderful woman who, to my knowledge, never actively discriminated against anyone based on the color of their skin, but that was kinda racist. . Folks calling cops on black kids selling lemonade or black dudes setting screens in a pick-up basketball game are doing so out of racism, whether that’s at the forefront of their minds or not, the decision to just dial 9-1-1 because black people are grilling in a public park is the product of a belief that police forces exist to protect white folks from gatherings of black folks. . The belief that immigration is “changing the culture” of the United States or Europe is also born of the racist notion that, in order to be American, or French, or English, you have to be white. . The geography of metro Atlanta is a direct byproduct of racism, as families moved further and further away from the city center for “better schools” and neighborhoods that weren’t open to minorities. Cobb County’s rejection of MARTA is a decision rooted, at least somewhat, in racism (after all, it wasn’t black folks who cooked up the “Moving Africans Rapidly Through Atlanta” as a moniker). . Racism is, unfortunately, all around us. We can close our eyes to it and pretend it doesn’t exist. But that won’t make it go away. The only way to combat racism is to confront it and change the way our society thinks and acts. July 19, 2018 12:02 PM Andrew C. Pope I guess my point is… people can be racist and have no clue that what they’re doing is racist. That’s how baked-in to our society racism is. We need to have conversations about the ways in which racism manifests itself if we ever want to resolve these issues and move society forward. . I will readily acknowledge that just screaming “that’s racist!” isn’t the best approach and should really only be reserved for out-and-out and unrepentant racists like Steve King or Richard Spencer or Ben Shapiro. Folks who think whites are genetically superior to other races, probably aren’t going to come around to the notion that redlining has limited black communities ability to build generational wealth. . At the same time, folks who maybe do things that are kind of racist, albeit unwittingly, need to be able to take criticism from communities of color and act to change. You can’t just shut down because someone made you feel bad for calling the police on a group of kids playing pick-up soccer at the local park. July 19, 2018 12:06 PM Sally Forth In March 2012 while President Obama was taking part in a global nuclear security summit in South Korea, he was caught on tape asking for then-Russian President Dmitry Medvedev for “space.” “This is my last election. After my election I have more flexibility,” Obama implored. Medvedev said “I will tell Vladimir.” Could he have meant arranging the sale of 25% of America’s uranium to Russia? Yet the Washington socialist/communist politburo smiled “nothing to see here” and their lapdog media did likewise. It was fine for Obama to be cozy with Putin and Russia on anything, including the treasonous transfer of 1/4 our uranium 1 to Russia. Now they raise holy hell because at the end of a 9-10 day stretch of world meetings, had-to-be-exhausted Trump said “would” instead of “wouldn’t.” Unfreaking believable! July 19, 2018 12:33 PM Log in to Reply Sally Forth https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MNxEDomUlXw The video of above July 19, 2018 12:41 PM Log in to Reply Noway2016 Wonder how many Americans have seen that video? Millions? July 19, 2018 12:50 PM Log in to Reply Sally Forth Not if it was left up to the lapdog media! They covered up all the misdeeds by our former president, and the public wasn’t even aware for the most part. July 19, 2018 1:36 PM Andrew C. Pope The conversation you’re referring to took place amid discussions regarding nuclear non-proliferation discussions between the United States and Russia and, specifically, the sticking point created by planned NATO missile defense systems in Europe. . If you think it’s about uranium sales, I’d point out that Rosatom’s purchase of Uranium One took place in 2010, two years before Obama’s ‘hot mic’ moment. So, unless the federal government has a time machine, you’re wrong. If you have proof to the contrary, I’d encourage you to provide it. . at the end of a 9-10 day stretch of world meetings, had-to-be-exhausted Trump . If Donald Trump lacks the mental and physical stamina to do the job of President of the United States, he should let someone else do it for him. I’d point out that Hillary Clinton had a much more exhaustive international travel schedule and never got into a situation where she openly endorsed the conclusions of a murderous dictator over the conclusions of the US intelligence community. July 19, 2018 12:51 PM Log in to Reply Andrew C. Pope at the end of a 9-10 day stretch of world meetings, had-to-be-exhausted Trump . You’re wrong on this front, too. The trip, end-to-end, was 7 days. He spent July 11-12 in Brussels for the NATO summit. He then went to England on Friday and Saturday for meetings and dinner with Theresa May and a lunch with the Queen. He then spent Sunday golfing at his resort in Scotland. He then had a Monday meeting with Vladimir Putin in Finland. . So, no, it wasn’t a 9-10 day stretch of world meetings. It was a couple days of meetings, a fancy dinner, some golf, and then another meeting and a disaster of a press conference. . I travel to Europe for business, I’ve never reached the end of a week and committed light treason. July 19, 2018 12:56 PM Log in to Reply Noway2016 You use your abacus to do all that math? You still didn’t respond to Obama’s treasonous statement to Medvedev! July 19, 2018 1:03 PM Andrew C. Pope I responded in the post above this one. Reading: it’s your friend! July 19, 2018 1:26 PM Sally Forth You made me go back and look at the calendar — he left DC on the morning of 7/10 and got back home the evening of 7/17. So I missed it by one day — 8 travel days instead of nine. I also travel to Europe for business and pleasure, jet lagged all the way in both directions. Especially when traveling around to different countries while over there. Particularly Finland and countries that have so little night hours this time of year. Takes a couple of days/nights after getting back home to recuperate. Get over it – there was no form of “treason” by Trump’s one word. Obama’s encounter and whole sentences personified treason, if you want to go there. But hey, you are super man and perfect in every way. Except for that tinfoil hat you wear. 🙂 July 19, 2018 1:35 PM bethebalance I sense the desperation of the far right-wing propaganda machine. Grasping for anything about Obama, swallowing BS about “WouldGate” (“depends on what your definition of ‘would’ would be”)… July 19, 2018 1:35 PM Andrew C. Pope So we should give the President a break because he gets cranky if he doesn’t get his nap? Do we have to give him a juice box, too? Has no one in the White House heard of melatonin or black-out shades? . Flying on Air Force One is significantly different from flying commercial, even in those fancy new lay-flat seats I love so much. The guy has a queen-sized bed, bathroom, every comfort of home. I understand jet lag, but we’ve never seen that kind of performance from Reagan, the Bushes, Clinton, or Obama. . For someone who made a big deal out of Hillary Clinton’s stamina and fitness, it’s a little funny to see how low you’re willing to stoop for the guy. I get it, he’s 72, old people don’t have the same kind of motor younger, healthier Presidents have. But I’ll reiterate my point, if he lacks the mental or physical stamina to do the job, they either need to give him shorter visits, more rounds of golf, or have someone else do it for him. July 19, 2018 1:42 PM Andrew C. Pope Obama’s encounter and whole sentences personified treason . Yeah, I already explained how you were off by a whole two years there, chief. So quit lying to us or show some receipts. July 19, 2018 1:44 PM Benevolus Not that it will matter to you, but for the record: – Uranium One is a Canadian based company (for what that’s worth) – No uranium produced at either US facility may be exported. – U.S. owners and operators of commercial nuclear reactors purchase the vast majority of their uranium from foreign sources. Only 11 percent purchased in 2016 came from U.S. domestic producers July 19, 2018 1:06 PM Log in to Reply Sally Forth Good one DTM. People need to remember that the US and Russia control 90% of the nukes in the world. It is extremely reckless for the Washington socialist politburo and their lapdog media to be pushing for confrontation between the two nations. Every patriotic American had best be hoping that Trump’s efforts for diplomacy between the two can succeed. July 19, 2018 1:48 PM Log in to Reply Andrew C. Pope There’s a difference between diplomacy and being a doormat. Trump has chosen door #2 and it’s impacting lives in Syria and across Eastern Europe. July 19, 2018 1:49 PM Log in to Reply Andrew C. Pope The Georgia teacher who fired a gun in class has been sentenced to prison. So I take it we won’t be hearing from Noway for reads article two years. Do Sacha Baron Cohen’s targets have a shot at winning a lawsuit? No, and the attorneys representing them are taking advantage of people who’ve already demonstrated a clear lack of critical thinking ability. Coach says attack on football will lead to downfall of America He also said that there’s no connection between football and CTE. I’m sure parents are lining up to have their children play – uncompensated – for a guy who clearly has their health as his foremost priority. July 19, 2018 9:11 AM Log in to Reply xdog The Georgia teacher is bipolar or schizophrenic or just damn well depressed. Whatever, his synapses aren’t snapping normally. He needs medical attention, not a jail term, and the school district he worked for needs to review their hiring practices. July 19, 2018 9:50 AM Log in to Reply Noway2016 Au Contraire… X is exactly right. This guy is mentally off. The last place for him is a cell. Where is your compassion, Warden Pope? July 19, 2018 10:11 AM Log in to Reply Andrew C. Pope You’ve posted at least 15 articles that involve someone with clear mental health issues getting shot. At no point have you expressed compassion or sympathy for their mental health care needs. July 19, 2018 10:13 AM Log in to Reply Noway2016 Lithium, Drew….Think lithium July 19, 2018 10:22 AM Log in to Reply chefdavid He lives about a mile from me. I first met him when I was going out door to door campaigning to be commissioner. He seemed nice and very intelligent. He never stuck me as someone odd. I have heard through the community that the family has been dealing with this for a while. Sad situation. July 19, 2018 10:57 AM Log in to Reply Andrew C. Pope Jose Grinda, Spain’s top organized crime prosecutor and a guy that has brought numerous prosecutions against the Russian mob and Russian money laundering operations in Spain, has provided the FBI with wiretapped phone conversations between Alexander Torshin, the Russian spy behind the Trump Tower meeting, and Alexander Romanov, a convicted Russian money launderer. . According to Grinda, “Mr. Trump’s son should be concerned.” . Side note: we’ll be serving tapas at our next Deep State meeting. . https://www.yahoo.com/news/trumps-son-concerned-wiretaps-show-trump-jr-met-putin-ally-231215529.html July 19, 2018 9:27 AM Log in to Reply ScottNAtlanta I would have a very large sense of justice done if Don Jr does time. He is just stupid enough to end up doing just that. It will be even more poetic when his dad throws him under the bus. July 19, 2018 10:07 AM Log in to Reply Benevolus He’s probably ‘mentally off’ too. July 19, 2018 10:18 AM Log in to Reply Dave Bearse You’ll need a state-based prosecution to avoid a Trump pardon. July 19, 2018 10:26 AM Log in to Reply Caroline I’m not sure but I think he’s the one that is knee deep in charity fraud. July 19, 2018 8:40 PM Log in to Reply Caroline Yum, tapas. Deep state apparently has some gourmet cooks! July 19, 2018 8:39 PM Log in to Reply Noway2016 Conservatives report more purpose… Of course we do. To quote Jefferson, “we hold this truth to be self evident “ July 19, 2018 9:29 AM Log in to Reply Noway2016 Just voted for Kemp! He beats Stacey Lenin by 6 in November. July 19, 2018 9:37 AM Log in to Reply ScottNAtlanta You mean Stonewall Kemp? He keeps stonewalling the investigation into our voter files getting hacked by Russians. Why is that if he has done nothing wrong? It will be fun when Gov Stacey Abrams takes office watching the heads explode. July 19, 2018 10:05 AM Log in to Reply alpha male He is gonna win by significantly more than 6. July 19, 2018 11:13 AM Log in to Reply Noway2016 Just saw Charlie’s article. Let’s hope his stat is right! July 19, 2018 11:19 AM Log in to Reply ScottNAtlanta Comments on 2 things… As someone who collects shells twice a year on the FL W coast to use in some of my work…you absolutely do NOT pick up anything that is still living or is occupied by an animal. That is not allowed. Needless to say it wouldnt be long before the smell would be horrible. I’ve been to the Keys and it is very well communicated that you dont collect conch shells that are occupied. Second thing… This BCBS policy of refusing payment for emergency room care is crazy. I am not a doctor. How am I supposed to know whether having chest pain is a heart attack or something else. Good for the doctors suing. I’ve always thought this was illegal. July 19, 2018 10:02 AM Log in to Reply Noway2016 Awww Nawwww….”They mean exactly what they say….” LOL! https://townhall.com/tipsheet/mattvespa/2018/07/17/former-fbi-lawyer-lisa-page-said-anti-trump-texts-with-peter-strzok-mean-exactly-n2501115 July 19, 2018 10:06 AM Log in to Reply Andrew C. Pope Cool, release the transcript and let the American people make that determination instead of taking the word of folks like Steve King and Matt Gaetz. . These same folks were puffing their chests about Strzok’s closed-session testimony as well. We saw how well that turned out for them during public testimony. July 19, 2018 10:12 AM Log in to Reply downthemiddle Are you think Strzok’s testimony HELPED convince anyone that the FBI was not out of its mind biased and crooked?! I cant believe that you think Strzok vindicated himself. He looked just like Norman Bates in Psycho! And now his Boss the esteemed unbiased Comey is saying you are a TRAITOR if you don’t vote democratic socialist!! If you think this is playing well with anyone other than radical fruit loops I think you are mistaken. July 19, 2018 11:13 AM Log in to Reply Noway2016 Dang! Schooled and schooled hard! Drew, should I send over some ice? July 19, 2018 11:21 AM Log in to Reply Andrew C. Pope Actually, the polling shows it’s playing pretty well. . As for Strzok, I heard a guy give a vociferous defense of the hard-working folks at the FBI and their First Amendment rights. That Gowdy didn’t spend this past week doing cable hit after cable hit touting the success of their hearing, is a pretty solid indication of how he feels the testimony went. July 19, 2018 12:09 PM Log in to Reply Caroline You must get told what to say by Hannity because no one else thinks that Strzok’s testimony was anything but bad news for the GOP. The basic question for conservatives is why didn’t he tell the press about how Trump’s campaign was running around meeting with Russians and bragging how the Russians were going to help them? It would have collapsed Trump’s campaign in a NY minute if that had gotten into the press. July 19, 2018 7:25 PM Log in to Reply Dave Bearse Dealmaker Trump tweeted to bitch that Boeing was charging $4B for a new Air Force one. (That was $3.8B, and that was for two planes: http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/statements/2016/dec/06/donald-trump/fact-checking-donald-trumps-tweet-air-force-one-bo/ ) “We’ve got that price down by over $1 billion and I probably haven’t spoken for more than an hour on the project.” – Trump Trump has completed his negotiations, and the new price is, drum roll please, $3.9B. https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2018/07/18/donald-trump-air-force-one-red-white-and-blue-cost-3-9-billion/794735002/ That’s right. It took two years for Trump to negotiate a higher price, but hey, he got Boeing to include a premium paint job. It’s no wonder Kim, Xi and Putin want Trump personally involved in any negotiations. July 19, 2018 10:18 AM Log in to Reply Indypendant It’s become increasingly clear that the Trump cult isn’t interested in making America great again, but rather they want the United States run their way. Maybe after all the smoke clears, we round up the Trump cult and put them in detention centers before deciding if they get to remain in the country? People have been saying that might be a good idea. July 19, 2018 10:28 AM Log in to Reply Dave Bearse Caroline’s quoting Frum is appropriate: “If conservatives become convinced that they cannot win democratically, they will not abandon conservatism. They will reject democracy.” July 19, 2018 11:21 AM Log in to Reply Noway2016 Gregs is not going to like your using his little “cult” slogan. July 19, 2018 11:22 AM Log in to Reply Gregs I give the credit for the cult moniker to Trump. Remember he’s the one to call attention to the cult behavior of his worshippers. First, he commanded his worshippers to beat people up at his rallys and they did, despite his failure to pay the legal bills as he promised. Second, he maligned the character of his worshippers by suggesting he could commt murder in plain sight of the public and still be worshipped. And, they still worship him. Finally, he’s committed treason with the head of the evil empire and saluted a member of the axis of evil. Heretofore, the last point would have resulted in calls for impeachment but Trump must be worshipped by his followers because he alone can save them from the animals and ms13 and nfl players and the canadians and the germans and the british…… July 19, 2018 1:25 PM Log in to Reply Ellynn Today The White House will release an Ivanka backed program to ‘promote high-tech retraining for workers’. The goal is to retrain workers in tech and AI and help companies with the cost so they can offer training to employees to lower job insecurity of existing workers as labor needs change. This is a Great Idea. I all for it!!! I’m just shocked though that Trump isn’t trashing it and throwing his daughter to the wolves the way he did 30 months ago when Hillary rolled out THE SAME plan in a policy speech in West Virginia. In fact he hated the plan so much he went on a tirade of Hillary hating miners which started this whole thing about save the coal industry and create new mining jobs (which so far really didn’t save or create that many – if any – jobs). And now his daughter wants to offer major companies – even the coal companies – training in Tech and AI… I can’t wait for his take down of Ivanka. It’s going to be EPIC!!!! (Warning, written with sarcastic font, just to let Noway know, since he doesn’t get sarcasm) https://www.axios.com/trump-workers-program-ivanka-automation-high-tech-retraining-9a3e5b9f-df2e-4312-8d95-c4d4e4d6c4ac.html July 19, 2018 11:13 AM Log in to Reply Sally Forth Meanwhile, back at the elections. Apparently it’s wrong for Russians to try to meddle with our elections (as if we never meddle in theirs or any other country), but it’s okay for illegal aliens to vote in our elections? https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2018/07/illegal-aliens-register-to-vote-in-san-francisco/ July 19, 2018 12:37 PM Log in to Reply Ellynn Unless you live in the San Francisco school district, it’s not technically your election. July 19, 2018 1:13 PM Log in to Reply Sally Forth Yeah, right. After they are registered to vote they never ever get to vote on anything but school district government. And I have a bridge I’d like to sell you. July 19, 2018 1:22 PM Log in to Reply Andrew C. Pope Seeing as statewide elections are administered by the State of California, then yes, they’ll only be allowed to vote on this. July 19, 2018 1:25 PM Log in to Reply Sally Forth Sure. Just like all those illegals who are driving with CA licenses and were automatically registered to vote by the issuance of the license. The land of fruits and nuts and flakes! Not only do they facilitate voting in any election (local, state or federal), illegals also can drive anywhere in the continental US and flash that license. July 19, 2018 1:43 PM Andrew C. Pope 1) There’s no “automatic registration” in California. Educate yourself before posting. . 2) Non-citizens are not eligible for registration under the “motor voter” law. Again, educate yourself before posting. July 19, 2018 1:46 PM Sally Forth I have well-educated, successful professional family and friends who live in California, including international attorneys. They keep me updated on what’s going on out there first-hand, what their laws are and how their voting system works in reality. I’ll go with them, not some self-important guy on a blog. July 19, 2018 1:58 PM Benevolus I don’t know what you are referring to exactly, but I can imagine that a motor-voter type system would automatically send a registration application in, but that doesn’t mean the person is automatically registered. No need to panic. July 19, 2018 2:22 PM Andrew C. Pope Or just read the LA Times instead of believing your non-existent “international attorney” friends. . Protip: those of us that practice internationally, don’t call themselves “international attorneys.” July 19, 2018 2:51 PM Andrew C. Pope Dagblasted edit button! . http://www.latimes.com/politics/la-me-pol-ca-motor-voter-law-20151016-html-htmlstory.html July 19, 2018 2:52 PM Sally Forth I’m just on a surfing roll today, waiting for computer programs to run. Try this on for size: https://qz.com/1325983/mexico-president-andres-manuel-lopez-obrador-is-creating-a-new-border-patrol-force/ July 19, 2018 1:39 PM Log in to Reply Ellynn Some one in Treasury or Commerce explain Economics 101 to this man. PLEASE… https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-07-19/trump-trespasses-on-fed-independence-blasting-powell-rate-hikes July 19, 2018 2:33 PM Log in to Reply Will Durant Wait until those tariffs kick in and see how many rate hikes the fed will have to implement. July 19, 2018 9:31 PM Log in to Reply Noway2016 Sally, ACP ain’t anybody to even be the slightest bit concerned about. It’s racist, Nazi, Hitler, pedophile…Wash, rinse, repeat…Actually sad… July 19, 2018 2:53 PM Log in to Reply Andrew C. Pope Are you stepping in because your alt account is getting owned? July 19, 2018 3:07 PM Log in to Reply Sally Forth Yeah Noway, it’s pretty disgusting that ACP seems to have claimed georgiapol blog as his own and belittles anyone who disagrees with him. Just another symptom of the alt-left fascists who try to shut down everyone else. And one of the reasons I rarely come on here now. I’d have logged off long ago if this weren’t a day when I’m chained to the computer, running programs. July 19, 2018 3:51 PM Log in to Reply Andrew C. Pope Y’all realize this is the same person, right? July 19, 2018 3:53 PM Log in to Reply Noway2016 You’re an idiot… July 19, 2018 3:59 PM Log in to Reply Sally Forth I second that! Why does Charlie allow him to run roughshod on here? July 19, 2018 4:03 PM Andrew C. Pope running roughshod = not allowing you to turn this into one of your Facebook comment threads or e-mail chains. If I wanted to read “Re: Re: Re: RE: Re: Re: Re: OBUMMER’S REAL BIRT CURTIFICATE” I’d spend more time with my drunk uncle. July 19, 2018 4:16 PM Log in to Reply Sally Forth Obama never misspoke. People in all 57 states can attest to that! July 19, 2018 3:43 PM Log in to Reply Ellynn Now do George W. Bush… July 19, 2018 3:47 PM Log in to Reply Sally Forth “I would rather take a political risk in pursuit of peace, than to risk peace in pursuit of politics.” President Donald J. Trump, Helsinki 2018 July 19, 2018 4:16 PM Log in to Reply NoParty4Me He meant wouldn’t. See, it sounds so much more like his Elton-John-record-organ drivel that way. July 19, 2018 10:15 PM Log in to Reply Sally Forth Before I go, let me get this straight: Q: When did the Russians interfere in our election? A: 2016 Q: Who was President? A: Obama Q: Who was head of CIA? A: John Brennan Q: Who was National Intelligence Director? A: Clapper Q: Who was head of the FBI? A: first Mueller, then Comey Now it’s 2018 and all of them are blaming Donald Trump?? July 19, 2018 4:20 PM Log in to Reply Noway2016 Ok….Andrew, because those facts are irrefutable, start up with, “Racist, pedofile, Nazi and Hitler….” You know if want to!!!! July 19, 2018 4:25 PM Log in to Reply Benevolus I don’t think anyone is blaming Trump because Russians were flooding Facebook with fake accounts, or blaming him for hacking the DNC, or blaming him for perhaps hacking into election system computers. I’m not sure he’s actually being blamed for anything (yet) except hiring a bunch of questionable characters to run his campaign. . But anyway, the Russians did these things to privately or state-owned owned systems. Crimes appear to have been committed, the authorities are looking into it. Isn’t that the way it is supposed to work? What do you think should have happened? Obama should have personally hardened the entire US computer infrastructure before the Russkies could do any damage? . On the other hand, Manafort/Stone/Page/Papadopolous/maybe Jr, appear to have been coordinating with Russians during that same time period, so of course the investigators are going to look into that. Seems legit, right? . You are mixing up a few different things there: – No one is blaming Trump for what the Russians did (yet) – Obama didn’t do it either. – The Russians did it. The authorities are investigating. I’m not even sure what you are trying to say- Obama was working with the Russians? Obama created fake Facebook accounts? Obama was trying to help Hillary? July 19, 2018 5:06 PM Log in to Reply Sally Forth You made my point — Obama and his “intelligence” community did NOTHING. Our nation was in their hands, and whatever happened was on his/their watch. So it is shape-shifting to place blame elsewhere. So far not a single crime has been related to the Trump campaign — Mueller and henchmen have dug back decades for old tax records to find anything incorrect and indicted on those, grilled people and entrapped them with things like “what the meaning of is, is” so they could be charged with lying to the FBI, but I’ve seen no facts on any wrong-doing by the Campaign or POTUS. I’m not sure, but I don’t believe any of the people you named in your speculation were hired or paid a penny by the Trump Campaign. A couple of those were fundraisers, and a couple were hangers-on like every political campaign has. As to “the Russians”, that is a generalization like “the Americans” and still speculation. Nope, rumors about all those are not legit in any way – just things to ramp up the leftist political base. What I’m saying is that if all the things were going on that those people now say were, then all of them were derelict in their duties and so was he. But leftists/socialists/Democrats don’t care. They just want to raise hell about any and all things Trump, sling mud it him and the Republicans. It all boils down to dirty politics. July 19, 2018 5:44 PM Log in to Reply Benevolus Obama did nothing? What was he supposed to do? They got somebody to respond to an email which got them a password which got them access to the DNC computer. Where would Obama have been able to intervene in that process? . What blame is being placed elsewhere? You keep saying that but who are you saying is blaming whom? I don’t think you will answer though. This is what Rush Limbaugh would call a drive by. . No crime related to Trump campaign- so what? Why would that be a criteria for any judgement of validity? This isn’t about the Trump campaign. It’s about Russian meddling. To the extent that anyone in the Trump campaign gets caught having done things wrong is their problem. . “I don’t believe any of the people you named in your speculation were hired or paid a penny by the Trump Campaign.” Manafort was the campaign chairman! . The Russians involvement is speculation? What would it take to convince you that it is more than speculation? Are you so far gone that a Trump confirmation is the only evidence you would accept? . None of what you say is making any sense. You seem more convinced that Trump is in danger than I am. I think he will survive to run again. It’s like you assume that he is going to be guilty of something but you are trying to convince yourself that if he didn’t personally hack the DNC computer then anything else would be OK. Let’s say that in the course of investigating the Russian money trail they find that Trump was laundering money for oligarchs. I suppose that would be OK since it didn’t change the election? July 19, 2018 7:45 PM Log in to Reply Andrew C. Pope 1) We don’t know what the Obama Administration did. We have a wealth of countermeasures at our disposal, nearly all of which are highly classified. . 2) The Obama Administration enacted significant sanctions in December 2016, including the expulsion of Russian consular officials and the repossession of Russian diplomatic properties in the US that had served as staging grounds for Russian intelligence operations. These are the sanctions Flynn was promising to lift, which is how this whole muddled confederacy of dunces was uncovered. . 3) No one is blaming Trump for not stopping Russian interference while he wasn’t President. What he is being blamed for is his refusal to do anything about it and the active steps he’s taking to thwart the legitimate investigation of it. . 5) Can we stop calling theft, hacking, and espionage “meddling?” I think it undersells the severity and seriousness. . 6) Ben already touched on this, but Manafort was the campaign manager (he was not compensated, however, which should’ve been a huge red flag). Papadopoulos and Page were named to Trump’s senior foreign policy team. Don Jr. is Trunp’s son and one of his most visible surrogates. Flynn was the freaking National Security Advisor. They may have been talentless hacks, but these weren’t hangers on. July 19, 2018 8:22 PM Log in to Reply bethebalance I don’t know about all the covert actions taken, but I think Obama should have also gone public about at all, as soon as he knew. Especially if he knew that there was misinformation just floating around on FB and such. OK, so I blame Obama for what he didn’t do right in my eyes. But, that was the past…which Trumpists can’t move past. Their understanding of reality literally stops on election night 2016. July 20, 2018 9:44 AM Caroline The big story today is the coverup. Trump knew the Russians ordered a cyberattack right after the election. He was told by the intelligence community, shown texts and all the evidence yet he continued to attempt to prevent the Russians from suffering any consequences of their actions. Then he fired Comey who wouldn’t stop investigating the Russians. He continually defends the Russians against Mueller. So while the 400 lb guy in New Jersey is off the hook Trump has been continually lying about this in another effort to cover up what? His own collusion with the Russians? July 19, 2018 7:16 PM Log in to Reply Ellynn EYE ROLL… No one is blaming Trump for Russian interferance in the 2016 election (unless he actually helped Russia interfere, then all bets are off). Folks blame him for not admitting it happened (it did). To admit it would lead to then having to question he didn’t win it on his own. Folks Blame him for interfering in the investigation (which he did). Folks blame him for Lying about it not happening when he was told 18 months ago they really, really, really interfere. Stop be dramatic. July 19, 2018 5:49 PM Log in to Reply downthemiddle Tell them Sally! It’s pitiful. July 19, 2018 4:46 PM Log in to Reply downthemiddle This is my favorite. It usually gets them quit whining for at least a few minutes. And lets them realize this Russian Trump collusion BS is more like a liberal lying circle whatever. July 19, 2018 4:51 PM Log in to Reply Sally Forth I forgot about that whatever! 🙂 July 19, 2018 5:00 PM Log in to Reply Noway2016 The Whiners need to have that video on and endless loop! Good Lord is that good!!! July 19, 2018 5:24 PM Log in to Reply armanidog Obama was responding to Trump’s claims in October 2016, when his poll numbers were down , that the election a month away was rigged. NPR from October 2016. “Traditionally, candidates do not complain about an election being rigged until they have actually lost. But 2016 is not a traditional year, and Donald Trump is no traditional candidate. Allegations of media conspiracy, partisan collusion and Election Day shenanigans have become a staple of Trump’s rally speeches and Twitter blasts. In his widely quoted tweet on Sunday, he was characteristically blunt: “The election is absolutely being rigged by the dishonest and distorted media pushing Crooked Hillary — but also at many polling places — SAD.” Doubling down on Monday, Trump tweeted: “Of course there is large scale voter fraud happening on and before election day.” Suggestions of dark doings at the ballot box, hinted at in earlier phases of the campaign, have become a central theme for Trump in October — especially since accusations of sexual assault threatened to overwhelm his campaign. Surrogates such as Rudy Giuliani and Newt Gingrich thumped that tub over the weekend; and after running mate Mike Pence had failed to do so on Sunday on NBC, he turned up in Ohio Monday talking “voter fraud” and recruiting party poll-watchers from the crowd.” https://www.npr.org/2016/10/18/498323094/dark-talk-of-a-rigged-election-signals-new-emphasis-for-trump-campaign. Trump is such a whiner. And waht happened with Trump’s Election Commission in 2017? Nothing found, commission disbanded with no results reported. But Kris Kobach made some decent money for doing nothing. July 19, 2018 5:49 PM Log in to Reply Sally Forth So long, guys. Gotta go now. Hang in there trying to bring reality to the table here! July 19, 2018 5:48 PM Log in to Reply Andrew C. Pope So you’ll just be posting under the Noway handle for the rest of the night? July 19, 2018 6:18 PM Log in to Reply Noway2016 The Friends of Voltaire: “I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death you right to say it…” That is, unless you’re CNN or Dem members of Congress trying to take Alex Jones off the air. What are you Snowflakes so afraid of?? Censorship?? Really?? July 19, 2018 7:03 PM Log in to Reply Benevolus You got a link or something, or is this only in your imagination? July 19, 2018 7:09 PM Log in to Reply Caroline What people are afraid of is stupid people. Stupid people believe Alex Jones. Stupid people who believe Alex Jones go out and attempt murder. Nobody with half a brain should believe anything Alex Jones says but unfortunately critical thinking is in short supply these days. July 19, 2018 7:12 PM Log in to Reply Noway2016 So, you wanna surpress a First Amendment guarantee? How ’bout you get a lighter and burn some books, Mrs. Goebbels! July 19, 2018 7:18 PM Log in to Reply Benevolus What the hell are you talking about? Who is trying to suppress Alex Jones? July 19, 2018 7:52 PM Log in to Reply bethebalance Guess we’ll never know. Of course, “taking off the air” may mean just exercise your right to not watch, and advocate that others don’t either. Funny how that 1st Amendment doesn’t take sides and say which speech will be the more victorious speech. July 20, 2018 12:51 AM Caroline Does the first amendment allow you to scream fire in a crowded building? It would seem you don’t understand the first amendment at all. July 19, 2018 8:19 PM Log in to Reply downthemiddle Apparently screaming racist, hater, misogynist, idiot, Bible thumping rube and as of a day or two ago traitor is the next vile description is legal to do. None of which is true, but that never stopped the libs before. Screaming such idiocy is a daily occurrence. Where are all of the global warming stories. I guess they come out again if the news cycle slows down… It’s summer and the world must be ending and its all Trump’s fault. July 19, 2018 10:31 PM bethebalance I don’t like extremes (I say this a lot) but did you listen to the right during the Obama years? He was being screamed at, every day, for the exact inverse of the things you listed: He was anti-white, Christian-hating, Sharia law-establishing, America-destroying, illegal immigrant. Every day. Doesn’t make any of it right. But unless everybody looks in the mirror, we’ll all just keep thinking there’s nothing wrong with us, only the other guy/gal. July 20, 2018 12:57 AM Caroline Hey dude, if you can’t stand the heat get out of the kitchen. I prefer the method of humor and ridiculing people like you personally. July 20, 2018 9:33 AM Andrew C. Pope Here’s a friendly reminder for folks: . The First Amendment prohibits government regulation of speech. Outside of limited situations, it does not prohibit private sector regulation of speech. . You don’t have a right to host a video on YouTube. You don’t have a right to post on Georgiapol. Your privilege to use those sites is subject to the good graces of the folks that run it. If YouTube decides it no longer wants to host the videos of a guy that preys on the families of murdered kindergarteners, there isn’t a thing Jones can do about it. July 19, 2018 8:39 PM Log in to Reply Ellynn First, You’re using a fake Voltaire quote. Second, Rep Gaetz regrets going on Info Wars, “Upon further reflection, I think the things that Alex Jones has said and done are so hurtful to so many people that a member of Congress should not grace that platform and legitimize it, and I will not go back.” . http://thehill.com/hilltv/rising/397633-gop-lawmaker-regrets-appearing-on-alex-jones-show July 19, 2018 9:52 PM Log in to Reply Caroline Well, I see Trump now wants his BFF Putin to come to America. Quite a bromance he and Putin have been having. Mr. Putin should be expected to be greeted with massive anti-Putin protests. After all outside of Trump supporters, Americans don’t cotton to the KGB or poisoners. July 19, 2018 7:10 PM Log in to Reply Andrew C. Pope Don’t be distracted by nonsense. It’s an attempt to get attention away from Would-ghazi July 19, 2018 8:40 PM Log in to Reply Caroline Ooh, WOULD-GHAZI!!! I’m guessing this is another one of those stories pushed by the useful idiots on the right like Trey Gowdy? Dana Rohrbacher? Well, Rohrbacher is not a useful idiot. He out and out admits his allegiance to mother Russia. July 19, 2018 8:57 PM Log in to Reply bethebalance I am now beginning to wonder if Vlad was actually on the scene for that pee tape action, because he knows all about those best prostitutes. And it would be a great cover to get Trump to let his guard down. July 20, 2018 12:47 AM Log in to Reply Caroline Interesting article saying Trump’s presidency is effectively over. The rest is details and up to Mueller. http://observer.com/2018/07/at-helsinki-summit-with-putin-donald-trump-goes-off-the-very-deep-end/ July 19, 2018 8:06 PM Log in to Reply downthemiddle Over huh!?? Are you clueless? How about that next Supreme Court pick? That should shield America from the leftists for 30 years! If he does nothing more over the next 6 years I will be happy. Let’s get a midterm victory, a re-election and don’t do another damn thing over the next 6 years so we don’t hear ANYTHING AT ALL FROM WASHINGTON and the radical socialist fruit bats that have screwed this country up wherever their policies are enacted. If this happens I will consider it one of the most successful presidencies in 100 years. Here’s why. We have tax reform in place which is hugely pro US, pro jobs, pro growth and hard work. We have rolled back so much of the anti-competitive regulations which is spurring small business and growth. The military is stronger. NATO will not be a bunch of free loaders any more. We have US energy independence over the sniveling and harmful efforts from the leftists. If we can simply keep the socialists from infiltrating and passing more of their horrible America- hating policies that lead to nothing but misery, hatred, envy and loss of freedom then the US is really a much stronger, happier country once again. Is anyone else this optimistic? Its here! Trump has gotten all of this done despite the press, the socialists, the FBI, CIA, Justice department, the snowflakes and the rhinos in his own party. Love him or hate him, he has a set of coconuts… Don’t do another damn thing and keep the fruit bats at bay and out of our lives, pockets and out of our faces will be a wonderful thing for America and the world. The biggest threat to America is not Russia or China, it is the radical socialist rot from within. July 20, 2018 10:25 AM Log in to Reply Noway2016 Wow! Down just whupped y’alls ass! July 20, 2018 10:30 AM Log in to Reply Andrew C. Pope So you post under 3 accounts? July 20, 2018 10:40 AM Log in to Reply Noway2016 Listen you’re just pissy that more conservatives are taking the time to school uou these days!! I asked you yesterday if you wanted that I resurrect The Pumpkin! Now, take the next half day or so and think up something intelligent so say! Otherwise fall back on your drooling and mumbling “racist” drivel! July 20, 2018 10:49 AM Caroline Only if you believe in the world of alternative facts which you apparently do. Fact is Trump’s presidency is essentially over. He ceded power to Putin this past week. Obviously conservatives like you are perfectly fine with Putin running America. Even his own NSI Dan Coates was laughing at him this week. July 20, 2018 11:37 AM Log in to Reply bethebalance He is in the Oval Office until he’s not. Until then, there’s still plenty of things he can do, especially damage that can be done. I didn’t read the article, but it’s foolish to underestimate. July 20, 2018 1:30 PM Caroline Well, this week even the Republicans are running from him. Yes, I never said he was going to be out of office. I just said he’s shown his true colors and if Republicans want to side with him and hence be identified as Putin stooges well, that is their right. Really the article makes the point. July 20, 2018 6:36 PM Caroline Dude, no one has been put on the supreme court yet. We still have Manafort’s trial starting next week. The senate for the first time yesterday was united against Trump turning McFaul over to Putin. Trump stood there and showed the world that he is under the complete sway of Putin this week. Screaming things over and over don’t make them true. July 20, 2018 11:36 AM Log in to Reply Will Durant “Now they raise holy hell because at the end of a 9-10 day stretch of world meetings, had-to-be-exhausted Trump said “would” instead of “wouldn’t.” Unfreaking believable!” Except the feeble excuse making on his behalf and from the man himself belie the dozens of other tweets praising Putin and dissing the US intelligence agencies. As I’ve shown more than once he was briefed on Russian interference in our election and has consistently denied it until called out on it by both Democrats and Republicans this week. Now he has walked back the denials and used his shopworn “it’s all Obama’s fault” excuse. I’m not going to argue this with his willfully ignorant worshipers that the sky is indeed blue. If you don’t believe me then read the man’s own tweets here: http://www.trumptwitterarchive.com/ and view the 98 tweets regarding Russia. July 19, 2018 9:26 PM Log in to Reply bethebalance It’s even more clear than that. If he said “I have no reason to think it wouldn’t be Russia”, ten every comment about China being the guilty party, or “could have been anyone” or the 400 pound dude in the bed- none of that makes sense. Which is odd because someone here was throwing out some unsubstantiated theory that it was China. So-either way- he has to eat his own BS. July 20, 2018 12:42 AM Log in to Reply Caroline I think we can safely say the 400 lb guy on the bed in NJ is safe from prosecution. July 20, 2018 6:37 PM Log in to Reply Noway2016 Awwwww Nawww! Damn that common sense… Recently large demonstrations have taken place across the country protesting the fact that Congress is finally addressing the issue of illegal immigration. Certain people are angry that the US might protect its own borders, might make it harder to sneak into this country and, once here, to stay indefinitely. Let’s say I break into your house. Let’s say that when you discover me in your house, you insist that I leave. But I say, ‘No! I like it here. It’s better than my house. I’ve made all the beds and washed the dishes and did the laundry and swept the floors. I’ve done all the things you don’t like to do. I’m hard-working and honest (except for when I broke into your house).’ According to the protesters: You are Required to let me stay in your house. You are Required to feed me. You are Required to add me to your family’s insurance plan. You are Required to Educate my kids. You are Required to Provide other benefits to me & to my family. If you try to call the police or force me out, I will call my friends who will picket your house carrying signs that proclaim my RIGHT to be there. It’s only fair, after all, because you have a nicer house than I do, and I’m just trying to better myself. I’m a hard-working and honest, person, except for, well, you know, I did break into your house. And what a deal it is for me!!! I live in your house, contributing only a fraction of the cost of my keep, and there is nothing you can do about it without being accused of cold, uncaring, selfish, prejudiced, and bigoted behavior. America is populated and being governed by idiots. Until now, that is! MAGA!! July 20, 2018 5:48 AM Log in to Reply Benevolus The question is- how to respond to something like that scenario. In other words, not every crime justifies the death penalty. If you came home and found that situation you might call the police or some agency, who would presumably try to investigate that persons background and situation, and find a humane way to deal with them based on that information. . The world is full of gray areas. It seems a lot of people want to see things as black/white. So like if someone breaks into your house they no longer are human and have no rights and their welfare or even survival do not need to be considered. Zero tolerance. I think culturally we have decided that that’s not the way civilized societies behave. We’re not some post-apocalyptic wasteland with no rules or standards of decency. Yet. July 20, 2018 8:31 AM Log in to Reply Noway2016 Morning B. Quick question: do you lock your car when you’re out doing errands? If so, why? Do you lock your house before you go to bed? If so, why? Just curious… July 20, 2018 9:02 AM Log in to Reply Benevolus Yes I do. I guess because presumably it’s a deterrent to bad things that might happen otherwise. July 20, 2018 9:10 AM Log in to Reply Noway2016 Logical…Thanks! July 20, 2018 9:14 AM Benevolus I don’t get it. What’s your point? My locked car is equivalent to a border wall? July 20, 2018 10:22 AM Noway2016 Of course it is! Spot on mismo!!! Just like yor locked house!!! July 20, 2018 10:26 AM Benevolus So how does your analogy work; Me leaving my car unlocked is like…. what? If someone breaks into my car if it’s locked, they should be deported? . Never mind. You can’t answer those questions seriously and it’s not worth the time anyway. Just suffice to say that you are a simpleton, and I would feel sorry for you if you weren’t so obnoxious. July 20, 2018 10:57 AM Noway2016 Not deported! Just not getting into your car in the first place!! July 20, 2018 11:11 AM Benevolus That’s what I mean- there is really no way to prevent someone from breaking into my car. Just like there is no way to really prevent people from “breaking into” the country. We can do reasonable precautions but it’s still going to happen, so the question becomes: What do we do then? You guys get all bent out of shape about it happening and ignore any possible ways to deal with it. It’s like you expect a magic wand to make it stop happening. The Wall is not a magic wand. That’s why you and your Chosen One are not taken seriously and receive so much criticism. It’s not because “we” want open borders, it’s because Team Snowflake can’t see beyond the rage of their blood-filled eyes to consider anything beyond “but they broke the law!!1!” July 20, 2018 11:32 AM bethebalance The analogy is far from useful because of its premise. I think it was a journalist who got it close- saying that it wasn’t a thief breaking into your home- at least with regard to asylum seekers. That’s more like someone running from a murderer who jumps into your window for safety. The real criminal (the wanna-be murderer) won’t enter your house, but you can choose to protect the would-be victim. Or you can kick them out and let them get murdered. But that may be too complex for fake news spam emails. July 20, 2018 12:46 PM Noway2016 Might not prevent but helluva deterrent! July 20, 2018 12:57 PM Andrew C. Pope Sigh. . A country and a house are not analogous. A country is not private property. You do not and can not “own” it. . Further, the analogy is flawed in the sense that it invites ridiculous conclusions. The same logic would posit that a state is a “house” and California could lock its doors to Nevadans, Georgians, or anyone else. The same logic would posit that a county is a “house” and Fulton County could lock its doors to folks from Cobb, DeKalb, or Gwinnett Counties. The same logic would posit that a city is a “house” and Atlanta could lock its doors to people outside the city limits. Under all three of those scenarios, the homeowner could declare that house rules prohibit gun ownership of any kind, mandate abortion for all white residents, and require all residents to pray 6 times a day to the Flying Spaghetti Monster. Since the homeowner has absolute rights, there’s nothing the residents could do about it. . I get how this type of analogy can be attractive, it tries to simplify an otherwise expansive topic. But this is oversimplification to the point that the analogy is not applicable. . Also, you clearly copied and pasted this from somewhere else. If you’re gonna cite to other stuff at least provide a link instead of straight plagiarizing. July 20, 2018 10:54 AM Log in to Reply Noway2016 I didn’t copy and paste anything. It started w my asking B if he locked his car! Oh, the first entry? Came fron a email I received. I see you’re Skool Marm today! Lol! July 20, 2018 11:15 AM Log in to Reply bethebalance Gotta watch those emails, btw. Many of them were the 1st generation of fake news spread by enemies of our country. July 20, 2018 12:42 PM Log in to Reply Noway2016 This was just a spot-on metaphorical example. July 20, 2018 12:58 PM bethebalance Naw, it’s not. The post above shows how it’s 100% backwards with regard to asylum seekers. As for others, there are other issues. Say, for instance, you were a truly compassionate Christian. Then your “house” may be better seen as a church, or a soup kitchen. Or maybe your house has a guest house out back. Simple analogies are for simple people. Not that’s it’s a crime to be simple. Your vote counts the same as mine. Except I wouldn’t vote for a simpleton. July 20, 2018 1:09 PM Noway2016 Ladies and gentlemen: I present to you the America-loathing Democrat Party… Some of the posters here might want to join in to the chant, “America was never great…” https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.cbsnews.com/amp/news/maxine-waters-los-angeles-office-oath-keepers-counter-protest-today-2018-07-19/ July 20, 2018 8:54 AM Log in to Reply Caroline They were trolling the oath keepers. However I know a piece of cloth means more to you than anything else. July 20, 2018 9:37 AM Log in to Reply Noway2016 Listen to their chants, Carolina! You really love that burning flag, huh! July 20, 2018 9:58 AM Log in to Reply Caroline LOL. They aren’t swearing allegiance to Putin and I guess that completely upsets you. July 20, 2018 10:03 AM Log in to Reply bethebalance You don’t have to like it to understand its power as a symbol. That’s the point. Maybe you could learn something by asking: Why would folks who want America to be great do that? Much like what so many ask about what Trump does every day. July 20, 2018 10:12 AM Log in to Reply Noway2016 You mean burning the flag? That symbol? The debris doing that don’t think America is great at all. They are Maxine’s Maggots! July 20, 2018 10:22 AM bethebalance And the lemmings who think America is not great are Trump’s Trolls. So what? Well, I’ll always give you credit, Noway, for being so singularly focused on antagonistic politics. July 20, 2018 12:40 PM Will Durant Keep wrapping yourself in that flag while you continue to call a decorated Marine officer in Vietnam a “dipshit” while worshiping a four-time draft dodger of that same war. July 20, 2018 3:43 PM downthemiddle Those seem like the moderate democrats these days. Heck, Comey, Brennan, Maxine, the DNC’, Hillary and the entire news media are much more virulent than these flag burning America hating clowns. I wonder if the Black Panthers would look in those pink hats? Pretty stylish don’t you think? Can anyone name anything the socialists are proposing that would make the average Joe’s life better or are they just a pitiful, misguided hate group? Vote for me, I hate the president and I hate the country…sounds like a winning ticket. July 20, 2018 9:49 AM Log in to Reply bethebalance I’m 99.9% certain that there’s No Way you can relate to the totality of American experiences of those protesters. But more importantly, your worship has proven (by his electoral success) that you and many others think America is not great. It was the dude’s main selling point. So, it’s OK for you to complain but not those folks? (Not a fan about the way they went about it expressing it, but it looks like it hurt zero ppl, which is less than what happened at Trump rallies when they protested how much America sucks.) July 20, 2018 10:01 AM Log in to Reply bethebalance Does America still suck btw? Because I know exactly when America will be considered great again. I know most Trumpists say America became great again on that election night, but then you’d have to argue that it was already great. No, America will be declared great again the second Trump rolls out his marketing plan for 202 election. The way some folks fall for advertising (and believe every fake news story) shows such weak-mindedness. If Trump said it was patriotic to eat at Carl’s Jr. (is it?) I bet they would sell a lot of burgers. July 20, 2018 10:07 AM Log in to Reply bethebalance ^ obv the 2020 election July 20, 2018 10:07 AM Log in to Reply Noway2016 Speaking of which, have any of you gone to McDonalds and simply said, “I’ll have a Trump!” They bring two Big Macs, two filet o fish and a milk shake!! Schweeeeeet!!!! July 20, 2018 10:18 AM Log in to Reply Will Durant That’s somewhere near 3,000 calories. Ever seen the movie Super Size Me? July 20, 2018 12:56 PM Noway2016 Dude! I absolutely love their method of protest!! Love the chants! Love the entire visual thingy goin’ on. Because people like me see it and pledge again to be at the polls at 3 am – just get a place in the line! Just one more of me needs to show up than one of you! Life is soooo sweet! July 20, 2018 10:15 AM Log in to Reply Noway2016 And in a related topic: are y’all still pissed that 528 more people like me showed up and boar-hogged Al Gorged all them years ago?! Lol! July 20, 2018 10:40 AM Log in to Reply Benevolus Yes but not nearly as much as knowing that someone out there has a bigger pickup truck than me. July 20, 2018 11:25 AM Andrew C. Pope Just one more of me needs to show up than one of you! So do you vote as each of the different profiles you post on this website with? July 20, 2018 10:56 AM Log in to Reply Noway2016 No. I leave massive voter fraud to your side of the isle. July 20, 2018 11:20 AM Will Durant Fine by me as long as I get Maryann on my side as well. July 20, 2018 12:59 PM Benevolus He’ll never get that one. July 20, 2018 3:51 PM downthemiddle Here is my take on the average American protester today…mostly someone with an attitude problem. Sure there are problems but…Where in the hell else can do you say and do anything at all with no consequences? Anyone can work hard and be successful in the freest country on earth. It is not easy to come from poor circumstances but you can overcome it here. So I would say 99% of folks in this country should get on their knees and kiss the ground and thank the Lord with a sense of sincere gratitude. If you don’t, that’s too bad. You are limiting yourself and your happiness if you ask me. When any country is run by radical socialists you pretty much have a disgruntled group of folks that are miserable, not fun to be around, lousy attitudes, there are fewer opportunities, less freedom, more envy, hatred and almost any other ill. If Trump does nothing the next 6 other than getting another Supreme Court justice and nothing more other than keep the radical leftists at bay, the country and world will be a better place. We should make a list of 50 things we will not have to put up with if we keep the leftists at bay. I will start with a few. Feel free to add to the list. We will not have some a–hole robbing us blind with more and more taxes. We will not have to listen to aholes screaming racist, misogynist, hater, traitor and nonstop idiocy on a daily basis. We will not have to worry about gun grabbers. Wont have to worry about someone regulating your business to death. Wont have to pay $10 a gallon for gas. Wont have idiots tell us the world is ending next week due to climate change. We will not have to wonder which bathroom to use. Wont have to wonder if your daughter’s high school track team is getting beat by the boys team wearing a skirt. Wont have to listen to idiots ridiculing religion or calling you an ignorant Bible thumper if you go to church. Wont have to listen to why America sucks and is the cause of all of the world’s ills. Wont have to dumb down every class at school. Wont have to change every test because they are racist. Wont have illegals streaming into the country. Wont have to worry about morons tearing down statues and rewriting history. We will actually have safer cities and less crime. The police will be encouraged to do their jobs. Can watch a football game without some ungrateful sniveling millionaire says that he is being exploited…can actually fly the flag at your house and not be accused of a crime. Wont have to worry about the US turning into a declining European state or worse like Cuba and Venezuela. Wont have some telling you have to run your life on a daily basis. Don’t have to witness the daily assault of common sense. You can put a political sign in your yard without fear of vandalism. Might be able to send you kid to college and it wont be a Marxism indoctrination center. Wont have to watch another pussy hat protest…CNN and the Fake News outlets will have to pipe down and actually report the news…Maybe I am dreaming but I am excited as hell. We have a chance to stifle this miserable gaggle of whining magpies. I could name dozens more but feel free to add your own. July 20, 2018 4:35 PM Log in to Reply Will Durant Bless your heart. July 20, 2018 6:02 PM Log in to Reply bethebalance Sounds like a lot of sniveling and whining to me. Matter of fact, everybody wants solutions to all the issues you raise. But only a-holes think that they alone have the answer. July 20, 2018 8:02 PM Log in to Reply Caroline It sounds like the conservative victim manifesto. July 20, 2018 8:27 PM downthemiddle Oh, like banning free speech on college campuses? Trying to boycott folks you disagree with? Calling everyone horrible names like racist, traitor, homophobe, they want to starve grannie if you vote for them. Every election just lie and gin up racial hatred on purpose so you can squeeze out a few votes? That is a pretty pitiful way to try and win elections. Or to govern. I see no attempt to solve problems. Just create more. Where are the solutions? July 20, 2018 11:23 PM Noway2016 This will jill the Bed Wetters!! Lol! Also, gives new meaning to “Wrapped in Swaddling Clothes…” A Trump 2020 shirt, no less! This be a good omen!! https://www.star-telegram.com/news/state/texas/article215223135.html July 20, 2018 10:01 PM Log in to Reply downthemiddle Dang Noway, those swaddling clothes wrapped in a Chick Fil-A manger! I guess the young man in the Trump shirt was truly one of the Wise Men. I guess the liberal protestors were the jackasses in the manger scene! Isn’t a sign from above that they drove to a Chick Fil-A where someone actually was happy to help and go the extra mile? I hope they didn’t happen to have an problem getting into the Chick Fil-A despite the usual gaggle of liberal protestors there! Thank our Lord they didn’t happen to drive into a hord of liberals at a Planned Parenthood Center… July 20, 2018 11:09 PM Log in to Reply Andrew C. Pope I don’t know what’s more pathetic, someone thinking that there are still protesters outside Chick-fil-a or a grown man making multiple accounts so he can have a conversation with himself on a political website. July 21, 2018 8:14 AM Log in to Reply downthemiddle I can’t think of something more pathetic than a pack of dipshits protesting Chick-Fil-A in the first place. What other company is closed on Sundays? Gives their employees an off day on the Sabbath? The Founders of that company literally tithe 10% to religious activities. They pay their employees well, treat them right. They treat their customers right. You know when you go there it is by far the best run company in their industry. They walk the walk. And the left hates them. You go figure which is more pathetic. And another example of this was how they handled this child being born in the bathroom. I am sure there will somehow be hateful comments about that too. Hate is a crippling emotion, wasted energy and really all the left has these days. July 21, 2018 9:13 AM Log in to Reply Andrew C. Pope Bruh, I eat at Chick-fil-A at least once a week. I’m currently staring at the crumbs of yet another delicious chicken biscuit. The only time I’ve ever considered “boycotting” Chick-fil-A involved their decision to stop serving the spicy chicken biscuit. Quite honestly, I’m still considering it. How do you get rid of your best menu item?! . Why do I still eat Chick-fil-A? Well, the fact I’m a Southerner with a genetic need to eat fried chicken kind of outweighs whatever moral disagreements I may have with their owner. Also, I’m significantly younger than the owners of Chick-fil-A and given the polling on LGBTQ issues among my age cohort (including Republicans) I know that folks who share whatever anti-gay beliefs Dan Cathy has are becoming a smaller and smaller minority. The arc of history is long but it bends towards justice. 10 years from now I can enjoy Chick-fil-A biscuits while enjoying the fact that none of the money I paid for it is going to anti-gay charities. Gonna be a good day when that day comes. . Also, my company is closed on Sundays. Saturdays, too. There are a lot of businesses that close on weekends. I think you should probably limit that question to fast food restaurants next time. . July 21, 2018 10:04 AM downthemiddle Why would anyone waste their time arguing with you with multiple accounts? One can easily do the trick. You seem to be the one trick pony! July 21, 2018 9:16 AM Log in to Reply Andrew C. Pope Welp, the lack of reading comprehension is consistent among all your various characters. July 21, 2018 9:56 AM downthemiddle Caroline, its called optimism. No wonder you couldn’t recognize it. Bile seems to cloud your vision and thought process! No all of those points is what America gets to enjoy!! Without the hateful, useless bullcrap! July 20, 2018 11:01 PM Log in to Reply Caroline It completely sounded like a bitter rejoinder about how it’s not 1950 anymore. You know you’ve lost on all those issues even if Trump is in the White House. What you want is authoritariamism because you can’t accept modern America. Nothing but a world salad of tired old conservative talking points. You seem to think if you scream them over and over it will produce some sort of conservative uptopia. Frankly I just find most of this either sad or funny. July 21, 2018 7:58 AM Log in to Reply downthemiddle An authoritarian? No your lib polices are authoritarian. He is REVERSING THEM. Notice I said that by doing NOTHING for the next 6 years after getting the last Supreme Court pick confirmed, America and the world will be better off!! Far better off. All we have to do is keep the cancerous socialist agenda at bay. So is doing nothing for 6 years authoritarian or libertarian? You libs are so twisted you have doing nothing defined as authoritarian! Please explain that one. Less taxes—authoritarian. Rolling back regulations—authoritarian. Do you know what the darn definition of the word is?! July 21, 2018 9:06 AM Log in to Reply Caroline Authoritarianism is snatching children from their parents. Authoritarianism is stripping people of their citizenship who are here legally. Ethnic cleansing is authoritarianism. You are confusing the carrot and a stick approach with authoritarianism. Carrot and a stick you have choices. Authoritarianism you have no choices. Less taxes is neither authoritarian nor libertarian. Less taxes are people who think everything the government does should be free. Conservatives believe they don’t need to pay for anything. There’s much evidence of this over the last 30 years. Rolling back regulations mean people drinking poisoned water. Poisoned water is something that apparently authoritarians think is a good thing. What you want is a lack of accountability for anything and lack of accountability is totalitarian. July 21, 2018 12:12 PM Log in to Reply downthemiddle “Conservatives believe they don’t need to pay for anything” per Caroline. Does this even warrant a reply it is such a joke? What group of idiots will be running on free everything this election? Free college, free basic universal income (free crap for doing nothing!) free healthcare, free everything. At least argue for something that makes sense and it not a laughable statement. July 21, 2018 3:17 PM downthemiddle Just reading your reply is pitiful. Another topic you bring up is “Ethnic cleansing”???!!! Who in the F is talking about ethnic cleansing? Other than YOU! Didn’t MLK say that we would be far better off looking at the character of a person than the color of his skin? Why don’t you try it. Wait shouldn’t I feel WHITE GUILT ? Another liberal yapping point… Good grief…has anyone ever heard of a more moronic thing to have? Do black people have black guilt? If you cant control something, why worry about it? It is a complete waste of time and energy. Is the why liberals like it? Why would I tell some kid to feel guilty for being white or black?! That is stifling. Hurtful. Counterproductive don’t you think. Do you want some liberal idiot telling your kids they should feel guilty? Okay I will even bite on the racist horse manure… Name any policy that Trump has passed that is racist. ANYTHING AT ALL. Every one give it try. It cannot be done. So would you please stifle about the racist horse crap? It is tiresome. How does having the lowest black and minority unemployment rate in history due to his pro growth policies count as racist? Don’t we all want to work and improve our lives, standing and our families? Or would we all (that means every one of all colors by the way) rather have a few more food stamps? Does anyone else get tired of being called racist all the damn time when it does not apply? July 21, 2018 3:37 PM Noway2016 “I will start with a few. Feel free to add to the list. We will not have some a–hole robbing us blind with more and more taxes. We will not have to listen to aholes screaming racist, misogynist, hater, traitor and nonstop idiocy on a daily basis. We will not have to worry about gun grabbers. Wont have to worry about someone regulating your business to death. Wont have to pay $10 a gallon for gas. Wont have idiots tell us the world is ending next week due to climate change. We will not have to wonder which bathroom to use. Wont have to wonder if your daughter’s high school track team is getting beat by the boys team wearing a skirt. Wont have to listen to idiots ridiculing religion or calling you an ignorant Bible thumper if you go to church. Wont have to listen to why America sucks and is the cause of all of the world’s ills. Wont have to dumb down every class at school. Wont have to change every test because they are racist. Wont have illegals streaming into the country. Wont have to worry about morons tearing down statues and rewriting history. We will actually have safer cities and less crime. The police will be encouraged to do their jobs. Can watch a football game without some ungrateful sniveling millionaire says that he is being exploited… can actually fly the flag at your house and not be accused of a crime. Wont have to worry about the US turning into a declining European state or worse like Cuba and Venezuela. Wont have some telling you have to run your life on a daily basis. Don’t have to witness the daily assault of common sense. You can put a political sign in your yard without fear of vandalism. Might be able to send you kid to college and it wont be a Marxism indoctrination center. Wont have to watch another pussy hat protest… CNN and the Fake News outlets will have to pipe down and actually report the news…” Every single one of Down’s listed issues are the result of Lib Socialism. Every one. They’ve done their part to destroy this country as founded. So, as The Great Man chips away at this crap one day at a time, this is what he means when he says Make America Great Again. Your policies have been and are a National Disease. In closing, take some comfort in the last line of John Adam’s inaugural address: “And may that Being who is supreme over all, the Patron of Order, the Fountain of Justice, and the Protector in all ages of the world of virtuous liberty, continue His blessing upon this nation and its Government and give it all possible success and duration consistent with the ends of His providence.” Wow! July 21, 2018 6:35 AM Log in to Reply Add a Comment Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.