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armanidog
armanidog

Georgia’s coast is a dynamic process. 15,000 years ago the coast line was 70 miles east of Brunswick, along the continental shelf.
We can slow down the erosion but we will never completely stop it.
https://www.georgiaencyclopedia.org/articles/science-medicine/geology-georgia-coast

downthemiddle
downthemiddle

Correct. The seas have risen 400 feet since he last Ice age. All without man’s intervention. How is that possible? That is some serious global warming isnt it? Thank God. It allows the world to have 7 billion folks on the planet right NOW! Try feeding 7 billion during the next Ice Age…which is overdue. Now there is your climate problem. Not the warming. Pass this article as well on to the panic stricken liberals… Maybe they can rest at night and not have to retreat to their safe spaces…Or sound like idiots and blame Trump or Bush for a… Read more »

armanidog
armanidog

Maybe this would work in rural Georgia.

NoParty4Me
NoParty4Me

40 acres. BYO mule.

armanidog
armanidog

If you were a baseball team they give you the mule and build the barn as well.

FreeDuck
FreeDuck

That’s kind of how GA came to be in the first place.

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

From Dana Milbanks’ column Sunday. It’s about an anchor, so it’s timely, given all the water in the Carolinas. , “President Trump is getting his wish: It’s all about him. . The election, that is. . New evidence indicates that the midterm elections in seven weeks will be the clearest referendum on a president in at least 80 years. . But while it may delight the narcissistic president that the 2018 midterms are entirely about him, this is precisely what his fellow Republicans were hoping to avoid. With Trump’s support at historic lows — 60 percent overall disapprove of his… Read more »

NoParty4Me
NoParty4Me

MAGA – My Attorney Got Arrested

armanidog
armanidog

I lay this comment by US District Judge Amy Totenberg in Kemp’s lap:
“The State’s posture in this litigation—and some of the testimony and evidence presented—indicated that the Defendants and State election officials had buried their heads in the sand.”
The man has been incompetent in business and political office. Why would we want a governor that can’t do anything right?

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

The R, man, the R. And he’s not a socialist.

bethebalance
bethebalance

I didn’t see a link to the story anywhere else, so: https://patch.com/georgia/buckhead/federal-judge-rules-no-paper-ballots-ga-2018-election I think, for all intents and purposes, this means we’re going to be stuck with the current machines and software- susceptible as they may be- for this election. I doubt Kemp will do anything so much as run Malwarebytes on the system before election day. Why would he? Since I have no real confidence in the voting system anymore, or in Kemp, or in the machines, all I have is thoughts and prayers that the election results are accurate and reflect the actual votes. But there is already… Read more »

NoParty4Me
NoParty4Me

OR hacking within the state…or worse….https://medium.com/@jennycohn1/georgia-6-and-the-voting-machine-vendors-87278fdb0cdf. And yes, I’ll keep posting this until some of ya’ll read it.
(tin hat removed, resuming regularly scheduled program.)

Noway2016
Noway2016

Well, don’t vote then. That way yor vote can’t be hacked. Sinple.

armanidog
armanidog

I hope that’s the Republicans’ plan.

MattMD_actual
MattMD_actual

Advice from the resident simpleton.

jbgotcha
jbgotcha

1) Russian hackers “targeted state & county offices responsible for administering the U.S. 2016 elections. For example, on or about 10/18/16, [they] visited the websites of certain counties in GEORGIA, IOWA, & FLORIDA to identify vulnerabilities! https://www.wsbtv.com/news/local/atlanta/feds-confirm-russian-hackers-targeted-two-local-counties/799147881 2) Russian ambassador Kislyak visited Kennesaw University, which housed Georgia’s Election Center, in April 2016. http://editiondigital.net/publication/?i=349618&ver=html5&p=28#{%22page%22:%2228%22,%22issue_id%22:349618} 3) In August 2016, Secretary of State Kemp refused help from the Department of Homeland Security to secure its systems! (GA was one of only two states to do this.) https://thehill.com/policy/technology/293522-two-swing-states-decline-dhs-security-for-voting-machines 4) The same month, August 2016, a white hat hacker Logan Lamb discovered the Georgia Election… Read more »

jbgotcha
jbgotcha

5) Merle King, GA Election Dir., told Lamb that he shld “drop” his shocking find “or the people downtown, the politicians..will crush [you].” (Id.) 6) King told Lamb he would fix the problem. (Id.) Again, this was in August 2016. 7) Per the indictment released today, in October 2016, Russian hackers “visited the websites of certain counties in GEORGIA, IOWA, & FLORIDA to identify vulnerabilities.” https://www.politico.com/f/?id=00000164-946d-d96d-a564-946f99db0001 8) In April 2017, about a week before the #GA06 primary election (Handel v Ossoff), the director of Fulton County’s Election Board (Rick Barron) — who had recently observed elections in Kazakhstan — was chatting on Facebook with… Read more »

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

Johnny Isakson was fine with no hearing on Merrick Garland for 11 months, and then with prompt affirmation of Kavanaugh with a ton a information made available at only the last minute or withheld altogether.
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Now, Isakson said he’s “not going to discuss who, what, when or where with anybody until all the facts have come out” with respect to his support of Kavanaugh This is exactly the sort of information a prompt affirmation was supposed to keep buried. MAGA, Johnny, MAGA.

bethebalance
bethebalance

It’s like if the plan was to snag a cookie from the cookie jar, then you get caught as you’re eating it, and then you say with your mouth half-full that you can’t finish the cookie until you properly analyze the ingredients because you believe in eating only healthy foods.
Typical.

NoParty4Me
NoParty4Me

Poor Johnny, always parrots the party line..until the party line changes.

Caroline
Caroline

There is a reason why the GOP has been hiding Kavanaugh’s paperwork. We’re now seeing everything they wanted hidden bubbling up to the surface.

Noway2016
Noway2016

http://news.trust.org/item/20180918140009-ol11r
The camel that was used as a launch platform died too!

NoParty4Me
NoParty4Me

On Dark Money, “State Sen. Josh McKoon, a Republican and a member of the group, said he worries that outside money will decide major elections in Georgia. “I have a problem with it, and I don’t care who benefits from it,” McKoon said. “The idea that we are going to allow unlimited amounts of money to be spent on state offices by people from other states, I don’t understand the rational to that.” No, McKoon, you only have a problem with your opposition getting outside money. You would have no problem with unlimited dark money coming to you or your… Read more »

Caroline
Caroline

He should drop the worry. As I understand it the supreme court upheld the lower court decision that donors have to be revealed.

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

Outside money is bad, lessen of course it’s corporations. Their full citizens of every state they operate it. You try to be a citizen of two states at once and see how that works. Besides, it’s not as if Coca-Cola is earning only 1% of its revenues in Georgia or anything.

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Hope all my brothers and sisters out there have a good fast. I’m gonna go chug some water.

Ellynn
Ellynn

I don’t fast again until some random Wednesday in February. But enjoy your water today.

bethebalance
bethebalance

May it be an easy fast.

Ellynn
Ellynn
MattMD_actual
MattMD_actual

Apparently the servers which interface in some way with our voting machines are running Windows 2000. Now, that’s an LOL! Microsoft doesn’t even support XP anymore.

I do realized the individual voting machines are not connected to the internet but I’ve read that this would not prevent them from getting hacked.

Brian Kemp is a total boob.

Benevolus
Benevolus

There are probably multiple ways to alter vote counts on those things.
1. Don’t zero them out properly at the start.
2. Virus in the software that loads the ballot.
3. Alter the vote count that is transmitted at the end of the day.
4. Alter the voting record in the electronic poll book so that people aren’t shown in the correct precinct, or appear to have already voted.
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We should have fixed all this by now. Another failure of Kemp’s.

Caroline
Caroline

First Republican calls for Kavanaugh to withdraw.
https://www.nbcnews.com/think/opinion/brett-kavanaugh-should-withdraw-his-nomination-good-supreme-court-country-ncna910221

Also worth pointing out is that Kavanaugh is apparently criminally exposed because you can be tried as an adult for attempted sexual assault in Maryland and as mentioned before there are no statutes of limitations. He has hired a lawyer.

Noway2016
Noway2016

Good luck finding a DA willing to try a man based on 36 year old he said/she said allegations.

Caroline
Caroline

It’s more than he said/she said despite what you want to think. There was another person in the room who also can be tried or flipped. Kavanaugh obviously thinks it is a problem since he has retained an attorney. I would think you wouldn’t hire an attorney unless you thought you were criminally exposed.

bethebalance
bethebalance

Hiring a lawyer is probably a good idea regardless, even if just to get help– to investigate, be there for questions, help with public relations, etc. He is certainly probably busy enough already. But it would also help with any potential exposure issue- including perhaps reviewing his sworn testimony. But I also don’t think finding a D.A. would be too tough. Prosecutors gonna prosecute. And finding one willing to make a public statement? Easy. And there is certainly enough evidence to start one if they wanted to. Sexual assault cases are always difficult to prosecute, I believe, because there may… Read more »

armanidog
armanidog

Kavanaugh was 17 years old, he would not be able to be charged as an adult. Especially since there was no physical injury reported.
The only possible trial would be civil litigation for duress. But I do not believe the victim wants to proceed with any more publicity exposure.

Caroline
Caroline

Actually from what I have read attempted rape done by anyone over the age of 16 in Maryland can be tried as an adult. So he would be able to be charged and tried. As far as his accuser, yeah, she us getting death threats and had to move and has had her email hacked probably by Trump’s Russian operatives so you’re probably right about her not wanting to pursue anything. However I would think a DA in Maryland could pursue it as criminal and I’m not sure how that would work.

downthemiddle
downthemiddle

No gonna happen. Nor should it. Caroline I honestly question your sanity. I guess all anyone needs to do to stop any Supreme Court nominee is write a torrid old “Penthouse letter” to an idiot liberal Senator and then no one gets on the Supreme Court!! That’s it! Forget about true hearings. If you are a lib you just hire numbnuts to go scream at the hearings and hand them a little cash for showing up…which is exactly what happened. Liberals have ruined the confirmation process for Supreme Court nominees now for 25 years and counting. It gets worse every… Read more »

Caroline
Caroline

She has asked for the FBI to investigate. Kavanaugh has not. You don’t get to demand when someone shows up. You call them and work out a time. This is yet another example of GOP authoritarianism over women. This has been such a disaster for the GOP that Ivanka is now telling Trump to dump Kavanaugh.

Noway2016
Noway2016

If the Senate is the one holding hearings, sorry, Sweetie, they do get to determine when testimony is to be heard. So, this woman levels the most serious of charges, and now will not testify? This is despicable. Hopefully, Deplorables and Dregs will be incensed and even more motivated. Early voting begins October 15th.

Caroline
Caroline

Why am I not surprised to see a condescending statement about this from a conservative? Why don’t you want the FBI to investigate Kavanaugh? Because you know what she is saying is true. And his co conspirator is declining to testify. Why is that? Why are you okay with the GOP demanding Ford come at a certain time and not even requiring the co conspirator to testify? The people that are going to pay if they put Kavanaugh on the court is the GOP. I guess you have not looked at his numbers. We know the association between anti-choice ideology… Read more »

bethebalance
bethebalance

Sure, they schedule the hearings. They can also take as much time as they want for any hearing, or coordinate schedules with witnesses as much as they want (note: it’s just common courtesy to work with others on the scheduling), etc.
So, it’s the Repub leadership’s choice to ram this through. I don’t think ramming things through has ever played well before. But there’s no way I’m going to predict how this plays out politically- not yet.

Noway2016
Noway2016

Am hearing the following: “If she don’t show, the committee vote’s a go!”
Awwwww Nawwwww!!

bethebalance
bethebalance

You may be hearing that, but not from me.
I think the political calculus on this issue is really difficult.

downthemiddle
downthemiddle

Does anyone see the extreme hypocrisy in this headline?! Does it make any of you want to throw up?

https://news.grabien.com/story-hillary-kavanaughs-accuser-deserves-benefit-doubt

bethebalance
bethebalance

Are you just reading the headline?
And No.

Caroline
Caroline

Kavanaugh’s spokesperson says that it was just “rough horseplay” basically conceding that Dr. Ford is telling the truth. And they’re using the preppy murder defense.
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/how-brett-kavanaughs-supporters-are-defending-the-allegations-against-him/

Noway2016
Noway2016

Fake news, Sweetie! Keep posting your crap! LMAO!!!

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

Why haven’t we heard, “It was only one time”?

Noway2016
Noway2016

Cause it didn’t happen. Keep up these kinds of tactics, Dave. Please.

Caroline
Caroline

Kavanaugh acts like he is guilty. Why isn’t he asking for an FBI investigation? Because he knows he did it.

bethebalance
bethebalance

The “rough horseplay” excuse has been used by others accused of assault.
So it at least make sense in terms of what may have happened, and how people could walk away with different stories.

Noway2016
Noway2016

“Rough horseplay” were not words offered by Kav. He’s denying the incident ever happened.

bethebalance
bethebalance

Correct, it’s being floated by a supporting organization.
But, I don’t think Kavanaugh’s denial says there was no party or interaction with the alleged victim. I think it says he essentially never covered her mouth or committed assault or attempted rape. That actually leaves open the possibility of an interaction where he can admit to “rough horseplay” without admitting to assault. But if his denial was intended more broadly, like he was never at the party– that’s a different story.

bethebalance
bethebalance

For info’s sake, here are at least pieces of the two denials issued:
1) “I categorically and unequivocally deny this allegation. I did not do this back in high school or at any time.”
1) “I have never done anything like what the accuser describes — to her or to anyone. Because this never happened.”

Y’all will love this, but the extent of those denials depend on what the definition of “what” or “this” is.
Gotta love the legal-speak.

But word is that he denied- in private meetings- ever even going to the party…

downthemiddle
downthemiddle

I want everyone to read Caroline’s post here. Then look at the note written in CRAYON supposedly by Kavanaugh asking if she will be his girlfriend! Go ahead. Look at the handwriting…. This looks like a 2nd grader or younger. So this guy is writing in Crayon in high school? And this somehow proves something?! Yea it proves something…anyone believing this article is a freaking fool. If the shoe fits wear it. If you are dumb enough to post this, shame on you. I want to know how folks can support folks willing to lie, cheat and steal to achieve… Read more »

bethebalance
bethebalance

Are you talking about Don Jr.’s tweet that was an obvious attempt at humor?
Or at least obvious for those with brains?
And for me, also an obvious attempt to mock and minimize a serious allegation.

Caroline
Caroline

Of course, only you would notice the 3rd grade tweet from Donald Trump Jr. and not read the story where the Kavanaugh apologists sound just like you do.

Noway2016
Noway2016

Wellllllllll, looky here! Dem seat gets flipped!!! Awwwww Nawwwwww!
https://m.mysanantonio.com/news/local/article/Polls-close-at-7-p-m-in-Senate-District-19-13239398.php

downthemiddle
downthemiddle

Come on folks. I wanna hear a lib that is supporting this Crayon “horseplay” nonsense much less the accusations by this gal. The timing, the Borking… step up to plate Andrew. Matt. You have to believe this chain of events. Your leadership is calling you to action. Or maybe even you guys are sick of such atrocious activity by the radical left. By the way, if I thought Kavanagh was guilty I would say he should face the music and I would not be defending him like the libs did Clinton (both of them), Ted Kennedy, Weinstein, the CBS guy,… Read more »

bethebalance
bethebalance

See above comment about Don Jr.’s tweet being an obvious attempt to mock. But it is a fake note. So no one, excepting you, actually believed it to be real. As for the timing- so what? So Dems want to delay the vote? So what? Dems are using the little power they have to do whatever they can to accomplish what they feel is right? It’s not elegant, but it’s also not so different than much of anything that either political party has done over and over. So, yeah, politics is muddy by nature. And, yeah, Kavanaugh has to listen… Read more »

Caroline
Caroline

Franken was a light weight compared to Kavanaugh. Nobody accused Franken of attempted rape. And as far as the Clintons go, you don’t understand the difference between consent and nonconsent like most Republicans don’t. There’s a reason why you guys think it is fine to give sexual assaulters LIFETIME appointments to the supreme court. All the others can be handled by voters but conservatives have made sexual assault something to be lauded and abusers given special privledges.