Morning Reads – Thursday, August 30, 2018

On this date in 1994, the largest U.S. defense contractor was created when the Lockheed and Martin Marietta corporations agreed to a merger.

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Indypendant
Indypendant

I was riding with an extremely wealthy (eight figure net worth) white buddy of mine and he pulled into a handicap space.

When I mentioned that it’s illegal to park here he replied, “No it’s not, it just cost $xxx”.

A $100 fine isn’t going to stop him from using his phone while driving. We need to rethink the way we dole out punishment.

downthemiddle
downthemiddle

Well since he is white and wealthy, he must be a racist and Trump supporter, so instead of just a $100 fine, we should take all of his stuff and put him in jail. If he was a minority and an illegal alien he would be loved, lauded, given free schools a personalized parking space, victim card, free healthcare and a personal invitation to the DNC convention. Maybe a show on CNN. Makes sense to me! I am glad you have some white buddies. I have a few too. I have way too many minority friends though, I am about… Read more »

Ellynn
Ellynn

A wealthy black man did this in Milwaukee this spring and was arrested.

I doubt the white guy is a racist, just a guy who could careless about $100. A Wealth black man has to dwell over being arrested for taking a space about a $100 fine he could care less about.

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

A diet is in order.

bethebalance
bethebalance

That’s a pretty callous response in any event, but much moreso if there was limited spots available relative to the volume of parked cars, because sometimes folks need those spots, and the $1o0 doesn’t account for the extra difficulty that actually disabled folks would have to endure. It’s not like many have to endure more than multiple obstacles throughout every errand already.

MattMD_actual
MattMD_actual

This guy sounds like a crappy person to me.

xdog
xdog

You and Breitbart say loyal running mate, I say loser attack-bimbo with no regard for facts.

Noway2016
Noway2016

Don’t matter what Breitbart says. Don’t matter what you say. What does matter is how the voters feel about the insult/slight of not inviting her. Actions have consequences.

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Actions have consequences.
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For who? John McCain? I think McCain is pretty immune from consequences at this point.
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John McCain’s decision not to invite a circus freak to his funeral isn’t part of of some liberal plot to persecute conservatives.

Noway2016
Noway2016

Sezzzzz you! Oh, it might have some effect at the old ballot box come November. Anti-conservative feelings on display might nudge a few extra Deplorables toward the polls.

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Push deplorables to the polls to do what?
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Vote against John McCain?
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Vote against moderate Republicans?

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

It should also be noted that getting snubbed from McCain’s funeral is the most relevance and news coverage that thirsty clown has gotten in nearly a decade.

Ellynn
Ellynn

I believe it was family members who did not wish Palin to be there.

Noway2016
Noway2016

“I say loser attack-bimbo with no regard for facts…” Insults! Gotta love ’em!! Thanks! Let’s see, “copy and paste..” This post just made it to my list for our next lunch at Myrtle’s!

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

Fake news from a fake news site. Obama didn’t win the 2008 election. It was media bias. Oh the victimhood!

Noway2016
Noway2016

Attack that messenger, David. LMAO!

chamblee54
chamblee54

Give Brian Kemp credit. While he did say his opponent was articulate, he did not say “monkey it up.”

Noway2016
Noway2016

Drew, you mentioned yesterday that DeSantis should be held accountable for the content of the FB blog he moderated, right? That he should be somewhat tainted by those he surrounded himself with, right?

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

He is responsible for things posted and shared in a forum he administers and moderates.

Noway2016
Noway2016

So, he’s kinda the boss/administrator of that forum? El jefe, right?

bethebalance
bethebalance

If he’s an administrator, he has some obligation to monitor content. You can argue that he allows all speech because he tolerates all speech, but if you tolerate racist speech, then you are in fact racist-tolerant.
I tolerate free speech, but not in private spaces, especially private spaces I’m in charge of. I wouldn’t allow a man to come into my home and start spewing racist banter. That wouldn’t be tolerance, that’s cowardice.
As an admin, he has had a choice, but the choices have implications.

jbgotcha
jbgotcha

Maybe it’s not Putin. Maybe it’s the Mob. He’s an NYC real estate guy. They’re all mobbed-up, right? Maybe that’s what’s going on & stupid media can’t get it. Or they know & don’t want to take the blame for selling us a mobster. Make sure you make it to the part where the first name to roll off Sammy The Bull’s tongue is DONALD TRUMP (within seconds of where I’ve cue’d it for you) The casinos are where Donald was different from other NYC real estate developers. Why Casinos? And why did whole other continents deny him gaming licenses?… Read more »

downthemiddle
downthemiddle

BJ, is your Tin Foil hat too tight today?!

Caroline
Caroline

Dude, it’s been well known for a long time that Trump was mobbed up. It’s no big secret. The only thing that is news is his affinity for Russian mobs and Putin. He was even fined in NJ for money laundering in his casino. And yet he still went bankrupt. Remember Trump’s mentor is Roy Cohn the long time mob consigliere.

jbgotcha
jbgotcha

Bruh. You need to open your eyes. Trump is mobbed up. His dad was a launderer for the mob. His grandfather ran liquor for the mob. Roy Cohn was a mob attorney. DeVos has mob ties. So does Mnuchin. So does Wilbur Ross. This shit runs deep. I’m telling you, that’s what Trump is so afraid of with Mueller. Mueller prosecuted Gotti around the time the Russian Mafiya was rolling up what was left of the Italians. The Russian mob has been using Trump properties as a home base for a long time. Almost every Trump property is strategically placed… Read more »

jbgotcha
jbgotcha

It’s also a good day to remind everyone that Don McGahn has known Trump for years, because he’s the nephew of mob attorney Paddy McGahn – who brokered Atlantic City deals between Trump & the Scarfo crime family (among other things). Also, Kellyanne Conway has ties to Scarfo as well.

jbgotcha
jbgotcha

If you have a pulse, you’re aware of some basic mob tactics. The most basic tactic of all is to compromise law enforcement & politicians. This is how one can run an illegal empire. But the jewel of all jewels to compromise JUDGES. Justice Kennedy has mob ties. And Justice Kennedy’s mobster was his daddy’s mobster: the “Governor of the Legislature” – “The Boss of California” – the “Godfather” of Mickey Cohen… ARTIE SAMISH. Samish was a shtbird of the highest order. He did the kind of racketeering that Fred Trump and Roy Cohn were so good at: lobbying a… Read more »

bethebalance
bethebalance

Please stop- you are killing my inner child.

jbgotcha
jbgotcha

It needs to be said and explored. This is about a global crime boss whose money launderer became president of the US. There is really no separation between the Russian government and the Russian mob. It’s all connected.

bethebalance
bethebalance

As soon as I saw the FBI involved, I knew it was a rigged investigation, unfairly targeting mobsters just trying to do business according to their traditions and capitalist philosophies.

armanidog
armanidog

David Perdue’s website says we each owe $63,574 per person on the US national debt. This is what he had on his campaign website back in 2014. https://web.archive.org/web/20140206233956/https://perduesenate.com/issues/national-debt.html How things have changed : “About a year ago, President Trump pledged to eliminate the national debt “over a period of eight years.” But for the first time in history, the national debt surpassed $21 trillion this week, according to the U.S. Treasury. The landmark comes shortly after Congress passed, and Mr. Trump signed, a suspension on the federal debt limit last month, allowing the government to borrow an unlimited amount of… Read more »

Benevolus
Benevolus

It is bizarre.
Dems spend money but try to pay for it with taxes, and get criticized for both spending the money and raising taxes.
Republicans cut taxes and spend the money anyway.
And R’s accuse D’s of getting votes by giving stuff away.

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

No it isn’t.
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Republicans know a percentage of that tax cut is going to come back to their campaign coffers and the bank accounts of their various super PACs. There’s a reason Paul Ryan went grubbing for money with Adelson and the Koch Brothers right after this thing passed.

ScottNAtlanta
ScottNAtlanta

If Democrats would just enact their agenda the way republicans do, you would see things getting a whole lot better for most people rather quickly. They should raise the rates at the top (mostly for show).
Bills like the Accountable Capitalism Act
https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/115/s3348/text
Anti-Corruption and Public Integrity Act
https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/115/s3357/text
are two bills they could start with (of course Trump wouldnt sign them), but getting them out there is a good start.

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

Andrew is right. It used to be called fiscal conservatism, before the word conservatism became interchangeable with hypocrisy or lost its meaning altogether. . The term I use now is fiscal prudence, conservatism having the opposite meaning or no meaning. Likewise as an Engineer, I used to speak of a conservative approach or conservative evaluation. No more. It’s prudent instead for the same reason. . Definition of prudence 1. the ability to govern and discipline oneself by the use of reason 2. sagacity or shrewdness in the management of affairs 3. skill and good judgment in the use of resources… Read more »

ScottNAtlanta
ScottNAtlanta

The Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget is a part of the Peterson Hydra, and not exactly an impartial player (although they try to act like very serious people). Federal debt is not like your debt or my debt. Our entire financial system is based on debt. Every piece of paper currency you hold represents a debt somewhere else. All currency is issued through debt whether its fractional banking or congressional spending. Republicans have always realized this back to when Dick Cheney said that the deficit doesnt matter (the one truth I think he uttered in his whole life). Republicans… Read more »

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

Each person owe $63,574? That’s just an average the GOP uses to scare average people. Fear and loathing and all that.
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A better way to consider the national debt is the national debt per dollar of national wealth. The GOP is all about the flat tax, am-I-right?
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The amount for an average wealth-holder would be much smaller. The amount for billionaires would thousands of times greater.

xdog
xdog

Here’s the best written short article I’ve read all week and surprise, it’s from a site for lawyers. The Georgia connection is the perp is the ex-wife of a King & Spalding lawyer who’s ethical advisor to Trump’s businesses, which wouldn’t be my choice of jobs.

Trump Lawyer’s Wife Busted In The Back Seat Of Her Maserati With An Inmate: A Metaphor For America

Benevolus
Benevolus

I’m conflicted about the concept of a Maserati with a back seat.

Indypendant
Indypendant

You must not have been keeping up with the Kardashians.

Ellynn
Ellynn

In the backseat of one last year. Extremely nice ride, great look.

Indypendant
Indypendant

With an inmate?

Ellynn
Ellynn

Not this time.

Noway2016
Noway2016

The Derangement continues…Lordy! Boycott!!!!!!
http://fortune.com/2018/08/30/in-n-out-burger-republican-donation/

jbgotcha
jbgotcha

They aren’t even a Southeast chain. Good luck boycotting you dolt.

Noway2016
Noway2016

To quote Andrew: “You obviously didn’t read the article…”
“California Democratic Party chairman Eric Bauman called for an In-N-Out boycott”

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

In-n-Out is overrated to begin with. Five Guys and Shake Shack both vastly superior.

bethebalance
bethebalance

I’ve become a fan of CookOut.

downthemiddle
downthemiddle

What a bunch of whiners! Can anyone compose a sentence using the word liberal without using the words whining, sniveling miserable or loser ?

bethebalance
bethebalance

Let me try:
An astute liberal stands up for “Liberty and Justice for All”, even if that liberty is the right for alt-right apologists to be whining sniveling miserable losers.

Darn it! That is hard to do.

Noway2016
Noway2016

Question: for our Libs. Should this burger chain he able to contribute to Repubs without harassment from Repub opponents?

Ellynn
Ellynn

As noted earlier today, “Actions has consequences”. You yourself moved bank accounts over said banks not handling pro 2A clients and gun dealers. Should your old bank be able to do keep doing business with you because they align with something you don’t believe in?

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

That’s assuming this clown actually changed bank accounts. My strong suspicion is that he’s just puffing his chest but didn’t actually do it.

Caroline
Caroline

Should people be able to speak during congress and not have Republicans show up at their house? Should people be able to speak up for gun control without having to hide from Republicans and their apologists? Shouldn’t Republicans clean up their own house before they start lecturing everybody else? If people want to boycott In and Out Burger they can. Personally I don’t know why these people don’t either donate to both parties OR just not donate at all because it’s all public information.

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

So the GOP passes a $1.5 TRILLION tax cut for corporations and the super rich and now they’re screwing over public sector employees to save $25 BILLION.
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What a bunch of jamokes.

Caroline
Caroline

Well, this is why Trump’s numbers are bad and why the middle class is losing. It’s a feature not a bug of these people.

downthemiddle
downthemiddle

How is the middle class losing with so many more jobs and upward wage pressure? Optimism is near a 20 year high. Retailer numbers are good. Folks spending more money. How was raising everyone’s taxes, more regulation and a tax code shoving jobs overseas helping the middle class? It wasn’t— and one of the main reasons liberals lost and the middle class has left the democratic party. Honestly, why on earth is the democratic party hostile to white folks? It seems to hate them. White guilt and yaddy ya? Why should anyone feel guilty of being born for crying out… Read more »

Caroline
Caroline

Not everybody supports white nationalism. The middle class is losing because their incomes are going down. Your entire post is nothing but more Gish Galloping.

jbgotcha
jbgotcha

John McCain with the ultimate troll for Agent Orange. He had them play “My Way” by Frank Sinatra as his casket left. That’s Trump’s signature song. LOL!!!!! AWWWW NAWWWWW!!!

downthemiddle
downthemiddle

Not sure that is worthy of an AAAWWWEEE NNNNAAAAWWWW….Some are more obvious than others…

Seems like McCain did that because he viewed himself as a maverick. I figure he’s liked that song for many years, well before he and Trump had their dust ups. Both Trump and McCain are similar in many ways. They are used to getting praise and their own way. Neither forgets a slight.

I gotta figure he is going out with his favorite song regardless of what Trump likes. Just my take.

Caroline
Caroline

Well, there’s a poll out already in Florida and Gillum is ahead of Desantis by 5 points 48 to 43. Nelson is leading Scott and Republicans can solace themselves in the fact that Ashley Moody is leading by 3 points in the AG race.

downthemiddle
downthemiddle

I don’t believe that poll one bit. Why on earth would Florida want a radical socialist? Makes no sense WHATSOEVER! Must be a CNN poll.

Caroline
Caroline

Why on earth would Florida want a conspiracy theorist for Governor? Gillum is not a socialist but facts really don’t matter to you.

Noway2016
Noway2016
Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Please explain how that poster isn’t blatantly racist.
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Would you be decrying censorship if the college didn’t let students burn a cross on the quad?
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Is a “Jes Killed Jesus” poster appropriate for campus?

MattMD_actual
MattMD_actual

I’m confused, are you saying if someone is intolerant of Muslims then they are racist?

I’m skeptical of all religions, they are fairy tales from long ago, but it is hard to deny that Islam has a particular violent strain that is not present in modern day Christianity and Judaism. Still, I think it is up to the school on what to do regarding these displays. It isn’t fair to confront college students based on their religion, either. If any of us happened to be born in Pakistan, we would be a Muslim as well.

downthemiddle
downthemiddle

Matt are you an atheist? Sounds like it. I have quite a few atheist friends. More are religious but just curious.

Everyone is entitled to any or no religion in this country.

How many others are atheists on the blog? I think Andrew said he was Jewish. I am Christian.

bethebalance
bethebalance

That poster didn’t indicate intolerance of Muslims. It was an accusation against Muslims, which is much more aggressive. I think the real danger lies in the fact that it is designed to paint all Muslims as murderers. That is a racist intent because it encourages extrapolation of the actions of a small number into the actions of an entire population of people. But to me it dances on the borderline of history and racism, and then falls over onto the racist side. In no small part because it’s purported historical justification (9/11) is only 10%, at best, of the focus.

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

The “strain of violence” in Islam is incredibly incredibly small. Stereotyping an entire religion based upon a handful of bad actors who have perverted that faith is intolerant and wrong. Making that stereotype because the large percentage of that faith’s practitioners are non-white makes it hella racist. . Just to illustrate the absurdity. By Matt’s logic I could contend that there’s a strain of child molestation and murder in the Christian faith. After all, the largest sect of Christianity has seen a number of reported (and I’m sure a larger number of unreported) incidents of child molestation, child abuse, and… Read more »

Ellynn
Ellynn

I’m damn happy Ripon College banded that poster. Except for the picture of the Twin Towers, there is not another 9-11 related item on it. NOT ONE. When a local radio reporter asked the students how the Ahern Family felt about this poster – they said it didn’t matter and when pressed, they admitted they didn’t know local boy Thomas Ahern (and undercover CIA station chief) was an Iranian Hostage. Didn’t know a victim of the Cole bombing grew up 20 miles away either. I know for a fact the Nieto family and friends are confused why a 9/11 memorial… Read more »

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

E,

As I’ve said a number of times, the intellectual conservative is a dying breed. William Buckley has been replaced by Charlie Kirk “owning the libs” by wearing a diaper and posting memes.

downthemiddle
downthemiddle

Andrew I miss Buckley but where on earth are the intellectual liberals? Good lord all we get are name calling rants. Who in the hell is an intellectual liberal in Congress?

Most are pink hat- wearing insult hurling resistance machines. This blog is like that at times.

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Case and point.

Ellynn
Ellynn

To clarify – I’m reference 9-11 items as the attach on American soil in 2001. I am fully aware there is an image of the 2012 attack on the US consulate on there.

bethebalance
bethebalance

It’s not even close to a 9/11 memorial. The poster doesn’t say “Never Forget”, it says “Muslims are Murderers.”
It’s not substantively Unconstitutional, but I grew up with the phrase that There is a time and place for everything. And when certain speech is in the wrong time or place, and it therein becomes dangerous to the safety and welfare of the venue, then you gotta relegate that speech to an appropriate time and place.

bethebalance
bethebalance

I know some of y’all are tired of hearing of the racists amongst us, and I’m certainly tired of having to post and comment on them, but I’ll stop when the BS stops, because if you see something, you gotta say something:
http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/neo-nazi-robocall-impersonates-mollie-tibbetts-to-call-for-genocide/ar-BBMFjfo?ocid=ientp

Let’s see which officials do anything about this. Because I think it poisons every argument that there is no racist undertow to “zero tolerance” or revoking passports of Mexican-American citizens or whatever insulting anti-immigrant policy gets rolled out.
I do wish this stuff just didn’t exist. Believe me.

Caroline
Caroline

Sunlight is the best disinfectant and these people need to have some sunlight shone on them. Too long people like these and others like the Council of Conservative Citizens has operated with no accountability in the shadows. It is time for them to be exposed.

Noway2016
bethebalance
bethebalance

Whenever the flag on the moon comes up I think- how far does the territorial claim extend from the flag? Ultimately, I don’t think the flag can really claim much but a few square acres. But that will be decided in the 2044 Moon Wars. As for the movie, whatever. They wanted to extend the greatness of the moment of the moon landing to all humanity, regardless of nation. Sounds like it’s a gift to the world. Are you against America being a beacon of generosity for the world? Or is being American no longer about sacrifice, and just about… Read more »

Noway2016
Noway2016

Nice revisionist try. We claimed no territory. We planted our banner to celebrate America’s having been responsible for the greatest achievement in Human History. Glad you people can’t get to the Moon, you’d ceremonially tip the flag over. The PC runs deep in this one…

bethebalance
bethebalance

It’s gotta be worth some territory. At least enough to build a new command center for the Space Force.

Noway2016
Noway2016

I know a few folks from the NASA family who’ve already seen it. They say it’s spectacular. A purely and uniquely American Tale. They did notice the absence of The Flag. They were a bit puzzled there.

bethebalance
bethebalance

Yeah, everybody already knows it was an American accomplishment. Maybe not using the flag is like when American backpackers in Europe put a Canadian flag on their backpacks. I.e. the movie will do better internationally because global anti-American sentiment won’t be triggered.
And I’m just guessing, but I’m going to say Trump is to blame.

Will Durant
Will Durant

The first-run movie box office in the US is in decline. More each year distributors are depending on foreign box office returns for half, sometimes even more of their earnings. Especially the growth market that is China. The Fate of the Furious grossed more than $1.2 Billion last year with the domestic box office only responsible for the .2 part of that. I’m sure it was purely a business decision for the worldwide marketing of a Neil Armstrong biopic. Before you and President Heel Spurs get your selective patriotic panties in a wad remember that it is not a documentary,… Read more »

Noway2016
Noway2016

But we did get ’em, Will. You sound disappointed.

Noway2016
Noway2016

I’m sure you all watched TGM in Indiana!!! Helluva event!! One of his best motivational moments!!! Tell me how y’all liked it!!