Morning Reads for Tuesday, November 20

“The eagle’s a scavenger, a thief, and a coward! A symbol of over ten centuries of European mischief! The turkey is the truly noble bird. Native American. Source of sustenance of our original settlers. An incredibly brave fellow who will not flinch at attacking a regiment of Englishmen! Singlehandedly!
Therefore, the national bird of America is going to be...”

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Benevolus
Benevolus

Secretary of State should not be a hyper-partisan position. This job requires even-handed implementation of elections and corporate oversight. John Barrow has years of service working in a non-partisan way to get results. He has committed to bringing Ranked Choice Voting to Georgia. He has also called for de-certifying the current voting machines and implementing paper ballots. These are important steps to improving our elections. (Maybe the cost of not having separate runoff elections can help offset the cost of new optical scan equipment!) Raffensberger’s main issues seem to be that he is endorsed by the NRA and the Faith… Read more »

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

Nice pitch.

Will Durant
Will Durant

Reading the article by Ms. Gross reminded me of Forrest Sawyer while he was still on WGST radio in Atlanta. He followed the same rules. Imagine an interviewer who has obviously read the book, lets the guest be the star, and actually has a brain.

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

When the President and his supporters are laughingstock, MAGA and enjoy it. “A supporter of President Donald Trump admitted in an extremely colorful way that she did not care in the least whether he told lies. The woman, who declined to give her name, attended a Trump campaign rally Oct. 31 in Estero, Florida, wearing New England Patriots socks and carrying a homemade placard photo showing Louis Farrakhan with former President Barack Obama, reported the Huffington Post. She demanded to know why the media wasn’t covering Obama’s appearance alongside the controversial Nation of Islam leader, which apparently took place briefly… Read more »

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

Thanks for the link to The Bitter Southerner. It has been a while since I visited there.

Declare the infrastructure that delivers broadband a utility, and get on with subsidizing that infrastructure in rural areas.

Don’t, with the powerful and insiders taking whatever “free market” cut they think they deserve of politician-directed subsidies doesn’t have my support.

chefdavid
chefdavid
xdog
xdog

For many, TVA=socialism.

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

Except when it isn’t.

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

It’s only fitting, as the former California Republican wrote, that the California GOP has failed and isn’t salvageable because it failed to separate itself from the national brand of Republican politics.

Nationalizing party politics has been the GOP’s strategy since at least Newt culminating in Trump. Consider the role Pelolsi paid in the 51% victory of a Georgia incompetent. The chickens have come home to roost in CA, and more arrive every week Trump is President. There’s 110 weeks to go.

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

The President will pardon a turkey? Is it MBS or Ivanka?

chamblee54
chamblee54

The Turkey pardon is one thing Sarah Palin did very well. https://chamblee54.wordpress.com/2009/11/23/the-gruesome-truth-about-turkeys/

Ellynn
Ellynn

Yesterday on the east side of the state 43 people in 6 counties were charged in a 93-page, 83-count federal grand jury indictment. They are members of the Ghost Face Gangsters, and many have the tattoo ‘Vanilla Gorilla’ on them (thus where the name of the operation came from).

https://www.savannahnow.com/news/20181119/operation-vanilla-gorilla-43-white-supremacist-gang-members-arrested-on-gun-drug-charges

http://www.wtoc.com/2018/11/19/operation-vanilla-gorilla-charges-affiliates-ghost-face-gangsters-with-drug-trafficking-firearms-felonies/

Benevolus
Benevolus

My gang name is Kudzu Killa. ‘Cause that’s how I spend most of my summer weekends.

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

Ya got ink to prove it?

Benevolus
Benevolus

(To the tune of Who Do You Love):

I killed 47 acres of kudzu
I got a kudzu leaf as a tattoo

I got ropes and whips and other things
that are made from kudzu vines

I feed kudzu to goats in the daytime
and I burn whatever’s left behind

Come and take a little walk with me baby
And tell me who do you love

xdog
xdog

My new state rep is a committed guy but his campaign had some major disconnects. He liked to go on about how ‘throwing money at a problem’ doesn’t work (70 percent Kemp in Oconee so he had a receptive audience) yet he believed the state should actively ‘incentivise’ broadband companies to include rural Georgia. Come again?

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

It’s all about privatization and the free market except when it isn’t.

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

I think you misunderstood him. When you throw money at the government or at poor people or at middle class folks or at teachers or at scientists, it doesn’t solve any problems. But when you throw money at corporations and wealthy people, it solves all the problems.

xdog
xdog
Will Durant
Will Durant

I can identify with that story. Interesting site too. Even more procrastination seduction.

Benevolus
Benevolus

Nice site! I was not aware of that one. Good stuff.
Speaking of Frito-Lay…
I remember there used to be a Frito Lay plant up on Peachtree Rd I think, just inside the perimeter. They had this device there that I thought was so cool. They would back a semi truck onto this platform, unhook the tractor part, clamp the trailer down, then the whole platform would tilt up and dump the contents (presumably potatoes?) out into the building! I hope the guy who thought of that got a bonus.
I’ve always liked big machinery.

Will Durant
Will Durant

Georgia Tech has almost always been involved in leading edge research, almost…

Scientists discover why wombat poop is cube-shaped
https://www.cnet.com/news/scientists-discover-why-wombat-poop-is-cube-shaped/

chamblee54
chamblee54

https://creativeloafing.com/content-170768-The-New-Georgia-Problem
http://www.peachpundit.com/2015/02/19/stacey-abrams-the-new-georgia-project-and-winning-elections/
I found this about the New Georgia Project. Apparently, Stacey Abrams isn’t as great as people seem to think she is. She seems to have made a mess with the New Georgia Project.

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

https://twitter.com/KFILE/status/1052193155011960834?s=20

Certainly seems like someone has changed their tune in Saudi Arabia. More proof that Trump lacks the testicular fortitude to back up his tough talk.

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

I’m not the only one calling the Trump deployment to fend off the caravan invasion a stunt. Retired colonels Lawrence Wilkerson and Isaiah Wilson wrote that: ”[T]he president used America’s military forces not against any real threat but as toy soldiers, with the intent of manipulating a domestic midterm election outcome, an unprecedented use of the military by a sitting president. Electoral gain, not security, is this president’s goal. Two of us served in the military for many years; while all troops must obey the legal and ethical orders of civilian leaders, they need to have faith that those civilian… Read more »

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

Trump last week said he’d have a statement about Khashoggi today. It was a pearl: “Representatives of Saudi Arabia say that Jamal Khashoggi was an “enemy of the state” and a member of the Muslim Brotherhood, but my decision is in no way based on that – this is an unacceptable and horrible crime. King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman vigorously deny any knowledge of the planning or execution of the murder of Mr. Khashoggi. Our intelligence agencies continue to assess all information, but it could very well be that the Crown Prince had knowledge of this tragic… Read more »

bethebalance
bethebalance

Maybe he did, maybe he didn’t…
Just another demonstration that reality and truth are simply non-existent to Trump, and thus are not the basis of his “moral” compass.

It would have been better if he said I trust our intelligence reports, and it seems he did it, but we’re going to deal with it the sanctions and in private ways that don’t threaten the long-term strategic interests.
Pompeo more or less said that, but the Pres. instead writes this personal Get Out of Murder Free check. It still leaves you wondering though if it’s America’s interests or his business interests, though…

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

The awful truth is that the pre-meditated murder of an American resident in a foreign consulate, or of Yemeni children as collateral damage, are less important than Trump’s fabulous deal with the Saudi’s. The Saudi’s upped oil production at Trump’s request in anticipation of tightening of supply due to sanctions on Iran. Trump’s exceptions to Iranian oil sales to other allies depressed Saudi oil prices such that a quid pro quo was in order. Besides, it was only one Muslim guy. And at least the Yemeni children won’t be showing up here as part of an invasion caravan. The grim… Read more »

Benevolus
Benevolus

I hope Kemp’s transition team named “Georgians First” doesn’t actually mean “Kemp First”.

TheDeepDark
TheDeepDark

Maybe you posted this in the wrong spot?

Benevolus
Benevolus

It was a riff on Dave’s “Put yourself first like Trump does” and Trump’s ‘America First’ slogan.
Clumsy, I admit.

TheDeepDark
TheDeepDark

Dave, he is (was…) a Saudi citizen. Calling him an “American resident” is nothing but clutching of pearls and over dramatization.

But if we want to talk about killing of citizens how about Iran… do you feel that the lifting of sanctions by the former administration was wise considering Iran has a long history of killing those that speak out against the administration? I this single instance better or worse than the hundreds/thousands killed over the last 30-40 years by the Iranians? Is the actual delivery of money better or worse than a “Get Out of Murder Free check”?

bethebalance
bethebalance

The “Get Out of Murder Free check” was my creation. If the Iranian transaction you’re talking about is the release of the frozen assets in exchange for the signing of the nuclear/uranium agreement, that’s a tough one because the Iran deal has enough costs and benefits to be analyzed on itself. But of course the foreign policies of the two countries are intertwined. As for Khashoggi, I would just say that it was possible for Trump to show support for the U.S. intelligence assessment, be a man and say that assessment out loud, and still maintain the big picture foreign… Read more »

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

But if we want to talk about killing of citizens how about Iran This is some “whataboutism” of the highest order. The tone of your post makes it seem like this is the first time Saudi Arabia has killed somebody they didn’t like. I know you’re smarter than that. The Saudi regime has an equally long and bloody history of killing political dissidents and Saudi Arabia’s human rights record is just as bad – if not worse – than Iran’s. Also, last I checked, it was money from the Saudi government that helped fund the 9/11 attacks. With regard to… Read more »

Benevolus
Benevolus

Who cares if he was a citizen or not anyway? How many times have we heard about- anywhere, anytime- a person being murdered inside an embassy, let alone one of our supposed allies? Ever?