Morning Reads – Thursday, November 15, 2018

They told us the end is near.
And it seems the end is actually near.

Peaches

Jimmy Carter

Sweet Tea

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Indypendant
Indypendant
Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

To be fair, the guy in Chinatown did tell Donald that the mogwai on his head isn’t supposed to get wet.

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Nancy Pelosi is one of the best party leaders in the modern era and just helped deliver a historically large victory. No one in the Democratic caucus (or the Republican caucus, for that matter) has her level of strategic vision, her level of organization, or her ability to know what votes she has, what votes she needs, and what she’s got to do to get them. Why in the world would Democrats want to install someone else as Speaker? Because emptying an entire clip into our foot is just what Democrats do, that’s why. (Eiger, if Pelosi loses the Speakership… Read more »

The Eiger
The Eiger

Pelosi won’t lose. And yes she is the best at counting votes and getting her team to vote the way she wants.

I haven’t gone anywhere. The day job is just keeping me pretty busy now.

Will Durant
Will Durant

Disassembling or dissembling the Twitty Pulpit?

The Eiger
The Eiger

Guess I’m too dumb to follow your snark today.

Will Durant
Will Durant

Sorry, if you have to explain it… I call the President’s frequently inane (like blaming California environmentalism for fires), tweets the Twitty Pulpit. Snark attempt failure. But I am interested in how traditional Republican operatives are coping if you care to go there.

The Eiger
The Eiger

Thankfully, this election cycle was the first election cycle since 2006 that I was not actively working on a campaign. I enjoyed it and my wife did as well.

My current position has allowed me to stay in political circles, but not working campaigns has been nice.

All that to say. I’m coping just fine. I have some friends that had a rough cycle. None of what happened in their races were their own fault. It was pretty much out of their hands.

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

http://jamiedupree.blog.ajc.com/2018/11/15/i-will-never-ever-give-up/

Jamie Dupree honored at last night’s Radio Television Correspondent’s Association dinner with the “Career Achievement Award for Distinguished Reporting on Congress”

Bertha
Bertha

I popped over here because I saw Nikema Williams getting arrested on IG. Will there be a more detailed article coming?

Benevolus
Benevolus

Nice collection JS.

Feds collect more taxes: OK, so:
1. I don’t think anyone doubted that the economy could be stimulated. The question is- can it be stimulated enough to overcome the costs involved? So far the answer is obviously ‘no’. Despite the record tax collections, the government still ran a deficit of $100,491,000,000 for the month—because it spent $353,183,000,000.
2. How does this in any way look like smaller government? So far we’ve got higher taxes and higher spending. At what point is it legitimate to say we’ve been scammed?

xdog
xdog

Year over year receipts up 8 percent, outlays up 18 percent, deficit up 59 percent.

To answer your questions in 2), not at all, and when Mitch told us the tax cuts would pay for themselves.

Benevolus
Benevolus

Fun and interesting:
https://qz.com/1461758/the-secret-to-being-witty-revealed/?utm_medium=10today.media.20181114&utm_source=email&utm_content=article&utm_campaign=10-for-today—4.0-styling

“Have you ever thought of the perfect quip or comeback after it didn’t matter—a minute, hour, or day after your conversation has ended?

Well, there’s a name for that phenomenon. It’s called l’esprit de l’escalier, or the spirit of the staircase, and refers to the perfect retort that arises at the wrong time.”

Enjoy the Silence
Enjoy the Silence

I will prefer to call it “The Jerk Store Conundrum”

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

I read the link just for its association with the term l’esprit de l’escalier that I was unfamiliar with.

Will Durant
Will Durant

Some how I think that attractiveness of a beard thing dwindles with age when growing one has you resembling Santa Claus.

chamblee54
chamblee54
Sally Forth
Sally Forth

Thanks for observing this solemn anniversary. My attempt to share reflections from a native Southerner’s perspective with all the native Northerners on GeorgiaPol were not well received, and I’m glad to see they didn’t pounce on you today. The AJC’s Throwback Thursday page the week leading to Veterans Day was what caused my reflecting on the horrors of the Civil War and how our nation pulled itself back together less than 150 years ago. I guess I was hoping to pull some folks together on here. I don’t have a link to that page, but it was entitled “Lee memorial… Read more »

Benevolus
Benevolus

I’ve never been much of a Prince fan, but this is one helluva guitar solo:
https://youtu.be/6SFNW5F8K9Y

Will Durant
Will Durant

Granted he wasn’t out front on that one but still amusing to see Paul McCartney relegated to the “and others” category in the title and the lede.

Will Durant
Will Durant

Orwell meets Asimov?

20 Americans Die Each Day Waiting for Organs. Can Pigs Save Them?

Thanks to genetically engineered pigs, the donor-organ shortage could soon be a thing of the past.

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2018/11/14/magazine/tech-design-xenotransplantation.html

Ellynn
Ellynn

“The Census Bureau projects that in 2034, for the first time ever, people 65 and older will outnumber those under 18. Americans are living longer and having fewer children, and fewer immigrants are showing up.”

Does math in my head… Damn, I turn 65 in 2034.

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2018/11/14/magazine/tech-design-longevity-margaritaville.html

Ellynn
Ellynn

This will be interesting to see what the fallout will be…

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/14/technology/facebook-data-russia-election-racism.html

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

Cool. Gulch developer CIM was going to allocated $8M of its $1.5B plus of its public incentive, less than 0.5%. to Amazon if Amazon choose the gulch for its HQ2. That’s a real sweetener for you.

Given that the beginning of the Amazon sweepstakes are well over a year old, it’s cause to consider how long Gulch negotiations have really been going on, especially in light of the out-of-the-woodwork got to act now presentation of the Gulch deal to City Council

Raleigh
Raleigh

For those that know the name just heard country music star Roy Clark has died at 85. Rest in peace Mr. Clark.

https://www.usatoday.com/story/life/music/2018/11/15/roy-clark-country-guitar-virtuoso-hee-haw-star-has-died/38535313/

Will Durant
Will Durant

Helluva picker.

Benevolus
Benevolus

Dang. Stan Lee and now Roy Clark.
Those guys had long, successful, rewarding (I think) lives though.
Long live Stan and Roy!

Sally Forth
Sally Forth

The master of Malaguena.

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

Former Methamphetamine Six owner Tom Grave’s on the GOP’s minority status in Congress: “We do not have the luxury of pulling punches or preaching bipartisanship. Democrats will do us no favors. It’s time to fight.” The bipartisanship comment would have been funny if it didn’t have to compete with the clown in the White House. Doug Collins had this to say: “We can get stuff done if they’re willing to work. But if they want to simply showboat or play to their socialist base, then that’s not going to work” You mean showboat like the 50 plus House votes to… Read more »

xdog
xdog
Benevolus
Benevolus

This is such a great example of how RCV can be better. No costly runoff. Everyone who voted in the GE also automatically voted in the instant runoff. This seat was filled by every voter who voted in the GE, not some tiny subset of voters who showed up for a runoff. It looks like they had primaries, but you don’t even have to do that. But they ended up with one D, one R, and two I’s. So apparently more of those I’s went to the D after the first round. So rather than having their votes wasted on… Read more »

xdog
xdog

You’ve brought me around to thinking favorably about ranked-choice voting, for the reasons you lay out. Who needs runoffs?

The Maine independents urged their supports to go dem on their second choice.

The loser has filed suit claiming rcv is unconstitutional.

https://www.politico.com/story/2018/11/15/jared-golden-maine-election-993293

Will Durant
Will Durant

I’m still more in favor of nonpartisan primaries with top two in the general. I just want to only vote for my top candidate but also I still maintain a conscientious objection to the taxpayers funding a political party’s nominee. That being said I would certainly go for RCV over the current 3, 4 or even 5 trips to the polls per cycle with only a small percentage of the voters making the final choice.

Benevolus
Benevolus

If we are going to have primaries, the Parties are going to want to decide how they choose their nominee. So non-partisan is, I would think, a non-starter. To me, ultimately it would be good to not even have primaries, just have open ballots for all who qualify. But that’s a big step. So in the meantime, let’s have primaries and use RCV for the GE, and eliminate the runoff. See how it goes.

Ellynn
Ellynn

Turkey is harassing the Saudis. To get him to stop, we kick his ‘enemy’ out of the US and relocate him to South Africa? WTF

https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/national-security/white-house-weighs-booting-erdogan-foe-u-s-appease-turkey-n933996

Sally Forth
Sally Forth
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  • The leftist propaganda media told is the caravans of thousands heading to breach the US border did not exist. Former president Obama appeared all over TV laughing about it and saying it was just a few “poor refugees” who would takes weeks or months to walk to our border. They all lied! The first 800 arrived in Tijuana on Tuesday, and there are now thousands there, some fighting with Mexican police and residents in Tijuana.
    https://video.channel24.co.za/show/65676

    Noway2016
    Noway2016

    Mariel Boatlift Part 2…

    Sally Forth
    Sally Forth

    Yep Noway, people who don’t learn history are doomed to repeat it. And they’ll figure out after the fact, as Aldous Huxley said, “You shall know the truth and the truth shall make you mad.”

    Andrew C. Pope
    Andrew C. Pope

    Watch out y’all, Sally just huffed a whole bag full of Krylon fumes and he’s ready to start dropping some s*itty Facebook memes. As for your video, I think it highlights why these migrants are seeking asylum in the United States. The asylum process in Mexico is fraught and, given the state of the Mexican economy, opportunities are limited. I’m also not sure it disproves President Obama’s characterization of these folks as “poor refugees.” His description is certainly more true than the conspiracy spouted by Trump and his lackeys (including you and Noway) that this was a Jewish-funded Muslim/MS-13 army… Read more »

    Noway2016
    Noway2016

    And there you go again with your tired “Jewish” characterization. You do realize that you are the only poster on here to ever use that word, right? Not me, not Sally, Raliegh or Eiger. Not DTM, not Alpha. Just you, you tiresome little troll. You’re just plain sad…

    Andrew C. Pope
    Andrew C. Pope

    You’ve name-dropped Soros on multiple occasions. There was the time the Jews were secretly funding the Women’s March. The time the Jews were secretly funding a migrant caravan. The time the Jews were secretly funding the Parkland kids. We’ve done this song and dance before. You know full well what you’re doing. Stop getting pissy because I’m calling you out on some Antisemitic b.s.

    xdog
    xdog

    Let me anticipate the expected counter to your charge–how about Medal of Freedom winner Miriam Adelson? Does that sound antisemitic to you? Not just a Jew but born in Israel. (OK, Palestine, close enough.)

    Benevolus
    Benevolus

    “The leftist propaganda media told is the caravans of thousands heading to breach the US border did not exist. “ I believe that is a lie. The existence of the caravan was widely reported in many major media outlets. There was lots of video, embedded reporters, interviews… If you need to lie to make your point, you probably don’t have a good point. “Former president Obama appeared all over TV laughing about it and saying it was just a few “poor refugees” who would takes weeks or months to walk to our border. “ Three lies in one sentence. You… Read more »

    Sally Forth
    Sally Forth

    You are insulting – and sound like you’ve been under a rock for the last month or so. How does it look inside your colon? The major media outlets who even mentioned the existence of the caravan kept saying that it was not a problem, nothing to be concerned about, was breaking up, were accepting asylum in Mexico, etc. etc. One had to go to the internet to find any detailed coverage. And, yes, Obama was on the campaign trail for Dem candidates, was on national news almost every night, made fun of anyone being concerned about the caravans, indicated… Read more »