August 1, 2018 8:08 AM HomePoliticsMorning Reads for Aug 1 Morning Reads for Aug 1 By edatlanta Politics 43 Comments I’m sad summer is now coming to a close. I suppose there will be another one in a few months. Update on Carter’s development around Georgia State Stadium. Mattis’ Diplomatic Judgement Akin to Carter’s America Needs Jimmy’s Cardigans Now More Than Ever Sonny Thrust into International Spotlight His Oped on How Trump Will Protect American Farmers GSU Researchers Discover Thin Gap on the Hertzsprung-Russell Diagram (the most fundamental of all maps in stellar astronomy, duh). Hank Johnson introduces two data privacy bills. Share this:TwitterFacebookTumblrRedditEmailPrint Related About Author edatlanta 43 Comments chefdavid There can only be one Independent State of Dade. https://www.dothanfirst.com/news/southwest-georgia-referendum-proposes-to-secede-counties-from-state/1318598791 August 1, 2018 9:50 AM Log in to Reply MattMD_actual Ed, Let me be the first to congratulate you on posting these morning reads during the actual morning. August 1, 2018 10:00 AM Log in to Reply edatlanta Your jokes at my expense are NOT requested! August 1, 2018 10:41 AM Log in to Reply Dave Bearse Sonny’s leading the charge for welfare for farmers despite trade wars being easy to win. Trump knows all about war what with his Vietnam experience and everything. Some have said a trade war will require much more than $10 to $12 billion in farmer welfare. We can raise more tax revenue for more farmer welfare by further cutting taxes for the rich, or Trump can capitulate and declare victory. It’s a rare win-win circumstance for the Trump party. August 1, 2018 10:20 AM Log in to Reply NoParty4Me “$10 to $12 billion in farmer welfare” a fine example of SOCIALISM. ( and the money will be borrowed from the Chinese. LOL) August 1, 2018 6:12 PM Log in to Reply Mr. Bear The farm tariff “problem” is classic. The government discovers a problem and creates a “solution”. The solution then sets into motion another problem, which requires another solution. It’s like a dog chasing its tail. August 1, 2018 11:31 AM Log in to Reply Ellynn Even the trade ‘win’ on soybeans with the EU was not really that big of a deal in the ricing world. The EU had already increased their exporting of US soy buy over @00% from last year going into July, since Brazil soy prices went up after China start buying from there. The only one really winning is Brazil. . https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-07-25/why-the-eu-was-already-likely-to-import-more-u-s-soybeans August 1, 2018 1:44 PM Log in to Reply bethebalance Of course, just because you support Trump doesn’t make you a member of a cult, but there are Trump cults: http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/%e2%80%98we-are-q%e2%80%99-a-deranged-conspiracy-cult-leaps-from-the-internet-to-the-crowd-at-trump%e2%80%99s-%e2%80%98maga%e2%80%99-tour/ar-BBLlNdc?ocid=ientp The real problem is that all this disinformation spreads as clickbait, and gobbled up by the mentally ill and lemmings. I would bet a large chunk of change that the source of all this info- that the leader of the cult- is a foreign intelligence operative. Probably Russian. August 1, 2018 11:42 AM Log in to Reply armanidog “On St. Catherine’s Island in Georgia, in the very center of the 98- to 131-foot-wide McQueen Shell Ring, Sanger and his colleagues found a small burial pit containing the burned, crushed bones of seven people. They were mingled with animal remains, stone tools, and a broken copper band. It looks like the kind of burial—and the kind of artifact—that belongs much farther to the northwest, not on the Georgia Coast. The surprising find links the ring builders to the wider network of trade and cultural exchange on the mainland… Sanger and his colleagues compared the chemical composition of the copper with samples of copper sources from around the eastern US, and the closest match they found was with the Minong Mine on Isle Royale on the north side of Lake Superior, where people first mined copper with stone tools 4,500 years ago. “This is surprising since the McQueen Shell Ring is located closer to native copper sources in the southern Appalachians (roughly 480 km) and much farther from sources in the Great Lakes (roughly 1,850 km),” wrote the archaeologists. That, they claim, is clear evidence that people at McQueen Shell Ring on the seaward side of a low-lying island were part of a long-distance network of trade and cultural exchange that stretched all the way to the Great Lakes. And the cremation shows that people were exchanging not just exotic trade goods, but also ideas, beliefs, and social systems.”… https://arstechnica.com/science/2018/07/ancient-north-american-trade-networks-reached-farther-than-we-thought/ August 1, 2018 1:00 PM Log in to Reply Ellynn They have found comparable upper Michigan copper objects as far south as Tabasco province in Mexico. August 1, 2018 1:52 PM Log in to Reply armanidog They were surprised because the coastal Indians were thought to be out of the loop for culture and trade. “But for a long time, it has looked like coastal communities in what is now the southeastern US were left out of that loop. Around the same time that societies farther north and inland were settling down and forming social and political networks, people on the southeastern coast were heaping shells into broad rings around open plazas, some as wide as 650 feet. These shell walls reached several yards high, and radiocarbon dating suggests they took centuries to accumulate. We know of more than 50 of these shell rings, scattered along the Gulf and Atlantic coastlines from South Carolina to Mississippi.” Kind of like we southern Democrats and Republicans. : ) August 1, 2018 2:43 PM Log in to Reply Sally Forth While we’re on the subject of paleontology, Topper is one of my favorite Southern digs, very interesting info about our ancient past. Here’s an older article; you can probably find more recent info if interested. https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2004/11/041118104010.htm August 1, 2018 2:56 PM Log in to Reply downthemiddle Stunning evidence. Amazing what man has done in such a short time here. A docile climate for the last 9000 years has to massive innovation which has allowed 7 1/2 billion folks thrive on the planet and have almost instantaneous communication. We can now detect events from the actual Big Bang event itself. Unreal. August 1, 2018 8:25 PM Log in to Reply Ellynn For those of us with little time, ADHA or both… https://www.gzeromedia.com/videos/in-60-seconds-launches-monday-july-30/ August 1, 2018 3:55 PM Log in to Reply Noway2016 30 years for the Big Guy! Damn impressive! https://www.rushlimbaugh.com/daily/2018/07/31/it-doesnt-feel-like-30-years/ August 1, 2018 5:13 PM Log in to Reply Andrew C. Pope Shout out to snorting oxy and Fentanyl patches: the key to longevity!! August 1, 2018 5:35 PM Log in to Reply Dave Bearse MAGA ahead of his time, or part of the catalyst? August 1, 2018 9:41 PM Log in to Reply Benevolus More like selling snake oil at a time when it becomes an internet craze. Like this Q-anon thing. What the hell is that about? August 2, 2018 8:34 AM Log in to Reply Noway2016 I’d not heard of the Q thing before this am. And I know this may surprise you coming from me, but it sounds like Moonbat Territory to me… August 2, 2018 8:54 AM Noway2016 TGM calls to congratulate! https://www.rushlimbaugh.com/daily/2018/08/01/president-trump-calls-the-show/ August 1, 2018 6:19 PM Log in to Reply downthemiddle And where is Jim Acosta? What a ‘bag! August 1, 2018 8:28 PM Log in to Reply bethebalance Pretty sure Trump called Acosta to congratulate him on all his years of professional reporting. August 1, 2018 10:23 PM Log in to Reply Sally Forth Uhh… But the Dems keep telling us there are no non-citizens registered to vote! And this is just in one state. Wonder where pulling on this string will lead? http://dailycaller.com/2018/02/27/legal-group-sues-for-records-100k-noncitizens/ August 1, 2018 9:58 PM Log in to Reply Andrew C. Pope Democrats have never said “there are no non-citizens registered.” I think you’re conflating being registered with actually voting. As Noway’s article from yesterday pointed out, folks can wind up getting registered without their knowledge (i.e., they fill out their information for a ballot petition. (Note: helping prove my point was not Noway’s intention, he should read the articles before he posts) There isn’t anything illegal about registering. I’d also note that PILF, the group bringing the lawsuit, is heavily associated with Kris Kobach, the Kansas Secretary of State. You’ll recall Kobach just lost a major voter fraud case so badly a federal judge ordered him to take continuing legal education courses on evidentiary rules because the evidence Kobach was presenting was routinely and soundly debunked as junk science. Now does that mean they’re wrong again this time? Of course not, blind squirrels find nuts. But take this with a grain of salt. August 2, 2018 6:41 AM Log in to Reply Andrew C. Pope I’d also note that the Pennsylvania study PILF is referencing found non-citizen names “matching” voters in the statewide registration database. . They’ve tried a similar argument in the past, referring to “foreign sounding” names in voter databases. . “During cross-examination, Dale Ho, the director of the ACLU’s Voting Rights Project, asked Richman if he would have flagged the name ‘Carlos Murguia’ as a foreign-sounding name. After Richman answered yes, Ho informed him that Murguia is a federal judge in the same courthouse as the trial.” . https://www.aclu.org/blog/voting-rights/fighting-voter-suppression/kobach-exposed-trial August 2, 2018 9:04 AM Log in to Reply downthemiddle So millions streaming into the US illegally and California much less other states. They let them vote legally in local elections which is absurd!! And with no voter ID they can vote in presidential elections too. And encouraged to do so! Andrew calls this a blind squirrel!! He is the BLIND SQUIRREL! Trying to find a Russian voting in the last election and is the reason Hillary lost is the joke! It is a needle in a haystack! Lord Obama said so himself. But hell no. We have to listen to the lying, a frame job on Trump, the FBI and others and non-stop sniveling for 2 years. Here is all a Russian needs to do to impact our elections. Go to the southern border, walk across, go to any state that is liberal state and go vote. And Andrew and the rest of the libs won’t give a rat’s ass! I have never heard such idiocy and hypocrisy in my life! But this goes as great compassion or something as long as they vote lib. If illegals voted conservative, Andrew and the libs would sound tougher than George Patton on this issue and we all know it! There would be a wall, taller than Trump’s, with a moat and alligators in it! The left is a total joke on this issue! Its comical to watch the average lib support this idiocy. August 2, 2018 9:14 AM Log in to Reply Noway2016 Damn, that was Bill McKinney territory there! Where’s Burt Reynolds when you need him? August 2, 2018 9:26 AM Log in to Reply bethebalance You brought up the lawsuit in Penn. ACP responded with thoughts on the merits and odds of success. Do you care to respond to that? August 2, 2018 9:51 AM Log in to Reply Sally Forth Sure. ACP gave a litany of opinions with no sourcing (which he always loves so much). Some of his opinions I agree with, some I don’t. Like the old Dave Mason song, “There ain’t no good guy. There ain’t no bad guy. There’s only you and me, and we just disagree.” August 2, 2018 12:43 PM Andrew C. Pope So millions streaming into the US illegally and California much less other states. . This statement is a dead giveaway that you aren’t that informed on immigration issues (shocker). The majority of “illegal immigration” comes from visa overstays and not from border crossings. Since 2007, there have been half a million more visa overstays than illegal entries. In 2014, visa overstays represented 66% of undocumented immigrants. . In addition, according to a 2016 report, the undocumented population of the United States has fallen every year since 2008. . If illegals voted conservative . This kind of goes back to my earlier point about the vast majority of illegal immigration occurring through visa overstays rather than border crossings. We’ve formed a stereotype that an undocumented immigrant has to be a poor Latino. In actuality, that isn’t remotely the case. The US issues work visas, tourist visas, etc. to folks from all socioeconomic strata, all racial backgrounds, all ethnic backgrounds, all religious backgrounds, and almost all national origins. The odds that Slovenian models are voting as a bloc with Indian computer programmers, Salvadorian farm workers, or Jamaican small-business owners is preposterous. . It shouldn’t come as a shock to anyone that you’re woefully uninformed on this issue. But hopefully other folks read this and come away a little smarter for it. August 2, 2018 10:44 AM Log in to Reply bethebalance You forgot to debunk the myth about non-citizens voting in federal elections, which I’m sure you’ve done several times already. Maybe if you could boil down all the facts into a narrative that can be a short rhyming limerick or something, that would fit the attention span and emotional needs of many. August 2, 2018 10:54 AM Andrew C. Pope There once was a gal from Ibiza who came on a tourist visa. When the visa expired, she should have retired, but she chose to plant herself here. One day she went to the park. Where there a fella yelled “Hark!” “I’m a guy on a mission, will you sign this petition? Hey, thanks for lending an ear!” After the signing was over our gal was a registered voter. It wasn’t her goal to get placed on the roll and it wasn’t illegal at all. The gal got a call from Clinton who sent her a proposition to go cast a vote with 3 million other folks and help her win in the fall. The instructions were clear “ONLY VOTE HERE!” California is needed to win. “Forget about Wisconsin, California! Just like we planned it!” But here’s a small twist! The gal doesn’t exist! Voter fraud is another lie told to dumb gals and guys to secure Republican advantage. Not my best work by any stretch. August 2, 2018 11:28 AM Benevolus Jose wanted to vote for Obama He said it would help out his mama, But to vote here illegally Would be a bad felony And he just wanted to raise up some llamas. August 2, 2018 11:39 AM bethebalance Awesome. Limericks are the future of public policy, I know it. Because of your efforts, I’ll contribute: There once was a hungry squirrel, who only wanted a nut, So he climbed up a trunk, and shouted some junk, Then realized that he was the nut. August 2, 2018 12:11 PM Andrew C. Pope Big John is out on his a— Cause Juan will work for cash under the table for less than John’s able to charge for mowing grass. Jose has to paint fences and only gets paid a pittance. But they get in his face Cause of his race And scream their indignance. No one blames the bosses for white folks’ job losses. It’s only Hispanics that cause such panic Because apparently people are unwilling to admit that we’re all being played by the wealthy and the corporations. August 2, 2018 12:34 PM Benevolus There once was a meth head from Duluth Who thought photo ID led to truth But then his vote was denied ‘Cause they said he had lied As his picture still showed him with a tooth August 2, 2018 12:46 PM Benevolus Yes, if states are registering ineligible people that is a problem for the state, and we need to fix that. . But that website has got their triggering phrases down pat. They probably have guidelines for the headline writers at this point, indicating that every headline should include a trigger phrase, of which there are many, but a few would be: Hillary Clinton Nancy Pelosi MS13 non-citizens border (anything) liberal elite socialism Bernie Sanders Obama witch hunt deep state gender identity and many more August 2, 2018 8:48 AM Log in to Reply downthemiddle Benevolus, that is a pretty good start on the long list of ills plaguing this country! Keep up the good work! August 2, 2018 9:22 AM Log in to Reply bethebalance They’re more like the trigger words used to brainwash the Winter Soldier. Sorry, dude, there are problems in this country, but at the top of the list is idiotic beliefs and an unwillingness to work together. August 2, 2018 10:02 AM Log in to Reply downthemiddle I totally agree with you on the idiotic beliefs that can’t work, don’t work and have never worked. Millions of illegals streaming into this country can’t work. It doesn’t end well. Too many problems. Look at Europe and Germany now… Taxing and regulating your way to prosperity can’t work. You run of other people’s money at some point. August 2, 2018 10:07 AM Log in to Reply bethebalance Fine, that all can be fixed. It’s called comprehensive immigration reform. But you ain’t gonna get it unless you’re willing to negotiate w Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer. Who, btw, also want to solve problems. (spoiler: they don’t believe in open borders no matter how many times your “news” sources say so.) It’s the demonization, the calling them “plagues” that doesn’t help getting the problems solved. It exacerbates the difficult time that both parties have in making compromises. So, call them the devil, but if your guy can make a deal w North Korea, he can surely get one done w the Dems. August 2, 2018 10:18 AM Log in to Reply bethebalance I mean, there is a bill just sitting in committee in the House right now, which Ryan and Co. won’t let out, which virtually all Dems and many Repubs want to vote on, which is a start to immigration reform, and which funds heightened tech at the border and more border enforcement. Virtually all Dems- including Pelosi and Schumer- voted for comprehensive immigration reform in 2006 and 2013 that had tens of BILLIONS of dollars for border enforcement. No, the problem is a failure of many Repubs to even begin to approach an actual way to solve the problem. You know why? Because they can then demonize the Dems, and use it as a political tool to motivate voters like you. It is more useful politically to keep the problem unsolved. I.e. you’re being used. August 2, 2018 10:35 AM Log in to Reply Ellynn Or Trump says he likes a deal like Graham and Durban’s, which funds the majority of the wall, has high tech funding, saves the dreamers, and reforms legal immigration – in the morning – and then has a meeting at the White house in the afternoon where the pair get surprised with folks like Stephen Miller, Sens. Cotton and Perdue saying no deal unless you lower the legal number of immigrants, change the rules so more Euro-Centric countries (AKA Merritt Based) are favored over what the president call “$#5*hole countries, and change family based migration (AKA Chain Migration) limited to your souse and children (sorry mom and dad, I can’t bring you over to help me raise my children.) Not only does Trump want to stop illegal border crossing, which everyone really does want, but almost all immigration – the exception being his in-laws or the folks who work at his resorts and clubs. . The Trump administration even has the government looking at current permitate green card holders to see if they really meet the reasons for being here. Example, my high school friend’s parents each came into the United States after escaping out of East German in the late 1940’s. First dad, then mom 6 months later. Her dad owned a German bakery, and sold it to his son in the 1990’s and retired. They had hopes of returning to German one day when they got to the US, so never became citizens. By the time East Germany fell, they had grandchildren here and their family had moved to Canada, so they stayed here. Both had worked in the bakery so had full SSN and Medicare. Her dad died a few years ago. When she took her mom in last month to renew her green card, she was told her status had changed and she was listed as pending a review hearing, since her original status was dependent on her husband being in the country. Seriously, they want to have a hearing to rule if a 89 year old women who has lived almost 70 years in this county can stay because her spouse who sponsored her is no longer alive My friend asked if this was normal, and was told point blank that all green cards renewel as of 8 months ago are now reviewed and interpreted under the current administration’s understanding of the meaning of the legal status, not the intent of a prior way of cataloging a green card say 70 years ago. She was told by the fresh of college hired this spring case worker if she had known 10 years ago when she last renewed her Green Card she was going to stay her the rest of her life, she should have become a naturalized citizen. When my friend asked if her father was still alive if he would have been renewed, she replied not without a ruling since he was here on an asylum type of status and East Germany no longer exists. Seriously… . All 5 of her children (4 of which voted for Trump) are livid. Mostly because they have to hire an immigration lawyer to resolve this, but mainly because this is just stupid. August 2, 2018 11:48 AM Log in to Reply Add a Comment Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.