Morning Reads for Tuesday, October 30

Good morning! I’ve started to think of Election Day as less of an event in and of itself, and more as if it were a deadline, not unlike the April 15th income tax filing deadline. So… have you voted yet?

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Mr1raggedhole
Mr1raggedhole

Here’s an idea. Read everything above this line and nothing below it for the rest of the week. You will be better for it.

Gregs
Gregs

I didn’t expect a full throated laugh from the morning reads but you just gave me one.

chefdavid
chefdavid

To my Northwest Georgia friends Trump is coming to Chattanooga Sunday. Get you tix here: https://www.donaldjtrump.com/rallies/nov-tennessee-2018

Noway2016
Noway2016

Go Marsha!

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Marsha!

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

Incivility is bad, but one good thing about it is that it emboldens people to show who they really are:. “…Barry Soetoro Hussein Obama was Muslim, let him say what he wants. Let him go around going (makes high-pitched tongue trill) or whatever they do. I don’t think that Michelle is going to wear a burka. She’s ugly enough to wear a burka. Oh, I said it. And she gonna need an extra large. Did you see how big her butt was on Inauguration Day? I said it.” Ellen Diehl, Republican candidate for State House District 81 in a webcast… Read more »

FreeDuck
Will Durant
Will Durant

Purely pandering to his base prior to the midterm election. Even a demagogue cannot strike a direct clear-as-a-bell sentence from a constitutional amendment by executive order. He is also skirting posse comitatus by deploying 5,000 active military troops to the border in another appeasement of his anti-immigration base. All to supposedly meet a ginned up “invasion” that may not arrive at all, but certainly won’t before the end of the 45 day deployment where they are not allowed to legally arrest or detain anyone anyway. A useless political gesture on both his birthright statement and military deployment.

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

The only folks that should be “deployed” to the border are immigration judges and State Dept. officials to quickly and efficiently process asylum applications.

Ellynn
Ellynn

A Jade Helm 2018 like thing…

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

This from the Guardian BEFORE the recent terrorism. (So what’s the deal with these “terrorizing acts” from a man that campaigned on talking about “radical Islamic terrorism”? Is it because these are the acts of nationalist victims, and not actual terrorists?): “Political violence in the United States has tended to come in two forms. The first consists of simply unhinged acts, like John Hinckley Jr shooting Ronald Reagan in the hope of impressing the actress Jodie Foster, or Timothy McVeigh hoping to bring down the government with a bomb. The second is more systematic and sinister: the violence used to… Read more »

TheDeepDark
TheDeepDark

This editorial is less about outsourcing of propaganda and more about Andrew’s dislike for the president. Am I wrong? I mean, his Twitter history seems to back that up.

ScottNAtlanta
ScottNAtlanta

I frankly dont have time to check someone’s “twitter history”. I can only evaluate the words on the page, and if they ring true. You are engaging in whataboutism to discredit the message. “What about” his twitter feed. That is irrelevant. Make an argument about what is in the piece. I read it and dont find a whole lot that I dont agree with. The tone is set at the top. When Trump plainly calls himself a “nationalist” it sets a tone. Orwell wrote “Nationalism is not to be confused with patriotism. Both words are normally used in so vague… Read more »

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

Thanks for sharing the quote. Nuance and distinction are important.

NoParty4Me
NoParty4Me

Using twitter history is a bad expample for your argument. Our ‘Twitler in chief’ is all about propaganda. He pretty much ‘Trumps’ anyone when it comes to Twitter propaganda.

Ellynn
Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

As my rabbi said last night: we fight darkness with light. This is a reminder that the world is filled with disproportionately more good people than monsters.

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Just a friendly reminder that the President can’t overturn an Amendment to the Constitution via executive order. That’s not how any of this works.

FreeDuck
FreeDuck

It’s designed to spark a court battle that they can try to get before the Supreme Court. I didn’t think the 14th amendment was all that ambiguous, but what do I know?

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

It’s not ambiguous and the argument against birthright citizenship is a pretty tortured one. SCOTUS in Wong Kim Ark held that the children of non-citizens, when born in the US, are citizens by birthright. Now it’s possible to distinguish the facts of that case, as Wong’s parents’ presence in the US was authorized.* Under that distinction, SCOTUS could say that Wong Kim Ark didn’t directly address the status of children born to unauthorized immigrants. You’d need to have a narrowly tailored executive order resting on the view that children of unauthorized immigrants aren’t subject to the jurisdiction of the United… Read more »

bethebalance
bethebalance

This is from memory of international law, but there are at least four grounds of national jurisdiction over individuals. One of them is geographic location within the boundaries of the country. Could you plausibly argue that the U.S. doesn’t have the jurisdiction to arrest, try, or otherwise administer individuals who are found in the U.S. just because those individuals aren’t already citizens? Of course not. If they can be arrested, they’re subject to the jurisdiction.
I don’t know the full legal arguments, though, so maybe I’ll find some and read further.

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

There’s also the whole notion of the President seeking to amend the Constitution through executive order, something that is not within his Article II powers.

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

The North Koreans nailed it when they called Trump a dotard.

Another demonstration of Trump’s fifth or sixth grade intellect.

Ellynn
Ellynn

But wait…

http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/graham-to-introduce-legislation-to-end-birthright-citizenship/ar-BBP6UUh?ocid=ientp

When was the last time 291 house members, 67 senators and the super majorities required for approving an amendment in at least 38 state governments agreed on something?

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

It doesn’t appear he’s introducing an Amendment, but rather a bill that declares the American-born citizens of unauthorized immigrants are not citizens. It’s deeply flawed for much of the same reasons I’ve outlined above.
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Its sad the GOP has devolved to this level of race baiting. Lee Atwater at least had the common decency to disguise it in terms like “cutting taxes.”

Ellynn
Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Words are whatever. Using his power as chair of the NRCC and cutting his funding would actually mean something. Paul Ryan stripping him of his committee leadership roles and throwing him out of the caucus would actually mean something.

NoParty4Me
NoParty4Me

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Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

About as useful as thoughts and prayers. I hardly glanced at it, but a dime will get you a dollar if he criticized Trump in any significant way.

Caroline
Caroline

It is good that he said that yet we’ve been hearing similar things from Jeff Flake and Ben Sasse yet they never seem to be quite able to back up their words with any actions. It’s like writing a sternly worded letter is enough to solve the problem. What surprises me more than anything with a lot of this is the GOP has zero sense of self preservation. Most politicians will roll people under the bus, fire them, denounce them or shun them if it interferes in anyway with their reelection chances.

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

The nincompoop is probably asking if his legislation can be applied retroactively.

Caroline
Caroline

It’s just more pandering to white nationalists.

Benevolus
Benevolus

Speaking of Nimruds, doesn’t it look like this guy is wearing a 3000 year old wristwatch?

https://www.cnn.com/style/article/assyrian-relief-panel/index.html

NoParty4Me
NoParty4Me

it’s a sundial.

Benevolus
Benevolus

Of course! Passed down from the Flintstones. Much improved by 1000 BC though. Shtevenal Jobsirpal included a compass and flint with it.

Caroline
Caroline

Interesting. Republican operatives are being investigated by the FBI for attempting to pay women to make false claims against Robert Mueller. It now explains why Grassley put out that bogus claim against Julie Swetnick and it also explains why Republicans were screaming that Blasey Ford was being paid. They apparently pay everybody so they think everybody else must operate the same way. David Frum believes this story is why Trump pulled the 14th Amendment nonsense today.
https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2018/10/special-counsel-refers-scheme-targeting-mueller-to-fbi/574411/

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

The people following a dirtbag think all leaders are dirtbag. Who’d a thunk it?

Caroline
Caroline

Well, the good news is Wohl and Gateway Pundit are getting roasted all over social media. The more details that come out the more they look like idiots.

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

Reading more about it, they’re in the same league with Saudi’s with respect to competence in crafting a plausible story. Trump’s kind of people.

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

Some RINOs working for Soros, no doubt.

Will Durant
Will Durant

“The new Opinion Savvy poll for FOX 5 shows Democrat Abrams at 48.1 percent and Republican Kemp at 47.2 percent.”
http://www.fox5atlanta.com/news/new-fox-5-poll-abrams-edging-kemp-in-dead-heat
3.9% margin of error of course, nevertheless the first one I’ve seen with her up nearly a point.

fivethirtyeight’s aggregate shows Kemp with a 0.6% edge.

We might, maybe, could be voting in December, though I’m still doubting it.

Will Durant
Will Durant

No one answered Teri’s rhetorical(?) question yesterday asking if you have voted yet so I will. Yes. And as a PSA I would like to remind everyone that this year’s ballot has amendments to the Georgia Constitution and most of us know what that means on election day. Many will be reading them for the first time in the booth. Vote early and save yourself the hassle.

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

Mail-ins were dropped off at the Post Office Friday. Surely materials technology is such that the size and weight of an absentee ballot could be shaved 15% to just under an ounce and collectively save voters hundreds of thousands of dollars each statewide election..