Morning Reads for Monday, November 26, 2016

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Indypendant
Indypendant

Why did you link to Google News instead of the source for the Gowdy article?

Ellynn
Ellynn

If Trey wants the closed door taped interview to go public, why not just have the interview open to begin with?

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

Selective release and editing of course, building on what the WH did with the video of Acosta.

Benevolus
Benevolus

My benefit-of-the-doubt assumption would be that they want the opportunity to edit anything that might be classified. But Comey should insist on getting an unedited copy for himself so he can check, and maybe release his own excerpts as necessary.

downthemiddle
downthemiddle

I think the argument is that on TV, the questioner usually only has about 5 minutes and the Senators and Congressmen are simply playing to their base and half of them have no interest in the truth. I would love to see Gowdy have hours with this guy!

I want Comey AND Mueller to answer tough questions about how biased this has been. The sooner the better.

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

I’ll give Gowdy credit for trying to thread the needle.

I don’t think he can get Comey or Lynch to agree to a closed-door hearing and he sure as heck doesn’t want to get embarrassed on national television like he was during the Strzok and Clinton hearings. He’s trying to make everything look above board without looking like a boob on TV one more time before retiring.

Noway2016
Indypendant
Indypendant

Oh I don’t know, why did donations to Trump foundation increase after he won the election?

downthemiddle
downthemiddle

I will take a stab at this one. Why donate if your contribution buys no influence? Who is going to pay for Chelsea’s salary! Don’t be hatin’ Noway.

Ellynn
Ellynn

My guess is the disbanding of the Clinton Global Initiative in the summer of 2016 lead to most of the reductions. The majority of the work the CGI did was transferred to other global charities, like The Gates Foundation (which partnered with CGI for vaccination programs), Bloomberg’s many foundations and organizations (he took over the yearly UN economy conferences the CGI did), and Global Citizen to name a few.

The rest, IMHO is the shine lost on Bill with the 20 year reexamination of his impeachment as related to the current Metoo mea culpa, and basic lose of international influence.

downthemiddle
downthemiddle

Ellyn, I think your comments are spot on.

Ellynn
Ellynn

Now if I can just get you to sell my name right…

armanidog
armanidog

Voting for the Secretary of State run-off begins today.

“Early voting begins Monday for Georgia’s runoff elections for secretary of state and a seat on the Public Service Commission. Election Day is Dec. 4.

In each race, neither the Republican nor Democratic candidate got a majority of the vote. In both races, Libertarian candidates garnered more than 2 percent of the votes.

Democrat John Barrow of Athens faces Republican Brad Raffensperger in the secretary of state race. The winner will succeed Robyn Crittenden, appointed to the post by Gov. Nathan Deal after Gov.-elect Brian Kemp resigned following the Nov. 6 general elections.”
https://www.onlineathens.com/news/20181124/early-voting-begins-monday-in-georgia-runoff-elections

Noway2016
Noway2016

Mr. Sam’s nephew can’t take him for early voting. Guess who got the call about 15 minutes ago?! I’ll report back on numbers at the polls!

Noway2016
Noway2016

Thirty minute wait! Folks in parking lot talking about Trump and Kav!! Kid you not! Reliving the Senate wins! Shaking their heads on House results, though…

Ellynn
Ellynn

Early voting was very slow at one of the 3 places at Chatham Co.

Will Durant
Will Durant

Thirty minute wait for early voting for a runoff that won’t see a double digit turn out? BS. I voted today and was the only voter present the entire time.

Oh, and my imaginary friend thinks Trump is an ass.

Noway2016
Noway2016

Don’t know what to tell you, Willy. I guess voters in my area take their civic duty more seriously than the Libs in your district.

Will Durant
Will Durant

There you go again… I now live in the district represented by that notorious lib Jody Hice. I also don’t feel the need to lie about my voting experience as an attempt to market a party. Are you paid to produce these fantasies? And again do you think projecting false labels and insults helps your “side”?

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

How does one keep track of that many imaginary friends?

Noway2016
Noway2016

Back from suspension, are we?

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

If by suspension you mean Thanksgiving and a ton of work-related travel, then yes. Speaking of, I see your boy DTM is back from timeout, dude is like the blog equivalent of a herpes flare up. To address your initial post, I’m calling b.s. on the notion that there are long waits (or any waits at all) for early voting in an off-year run-off for a non-marquee office. Don’t even get me started on the likelihood that the folks in your made-up voting line are talking about Kavanaugh months after that story has come and gone from the news. There’s… Read more »

downthemiddle
downthemiddle

I guess Noway creates fake accounts and posts things on them… Sound familiar?

Noway2016
Noway2016

Speaking of imaginary, isn’t it time for you to revive Caroline and BJgotcha?

downthemiddle
downthemiddle

I am sure he was BJ but no way he was Caroline. I wonder if he was Matt MD myself…If not they are kindred spirits…

downthemiddle
downthemiddle

Speaking of voting results, apparently 97% of black women voted for Stacy Abrams… I may be wrong, but isn’t that racist? If 97% of white folks voted for the white guy wouldn’t that be called racist? Help me here.

Benevolus
Benevolus

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chamblee54
chamblee54
Ellynn
Ellynn

The question here is are they reducing production because of cost and sales related issues… Or are they closing their older plants (which they can afford to do at a cheer price under the 2017 corporate tax changes) and negotiate out of Union labor contracts – Then rebuild new plants in other locations with a better union deal or no union at all…

https://www.cnbc.com/2018/11/26/gm-unallocating-several-plants-in-2019-to-take-3-billion-to-3point8-billion-charge-in-future-quarters.html

Will Durant
Will Durant

While you wait on NASA’s Mars InSight landing this afternoon you might want to watch this time-lapse sequence of a Soyuz resupply launch to the ISS as shot from the ISS. Better than CGI. (Full screen is highly recommended):

Benevolus
Benevolus

Success!

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Is trust-busting the populist theory everyone can get behind?

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/25/opinion/monopolies-in-the-us.html

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Trump just dropped a tweet (well, two, due to character limits) endorsing Brad Raffensperger in the SoS runoff becuase Brad “is tough on Crime [sic] and Borders [sic], Loves [sic] our Military [sic] and Vets [sic]”

Honest question… what does the Secretary of State’s office have to do with crime, borders, military, or veterans?

Indypendant
Indypendant

Brad drives an F150, Barrow a Prius?

Ellynn
Ellynn

And how does the NRA feel about the police telling folks legal gun holders should not pull weapons when being fired on in a crowd? He was a ‘good guy’ trying to stop a ‘bad guy’… Any of you NRA folks know what is on the NRA press release on this?

http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/alabama-police-suggest-black-man-killed-by-officer-shouldnt-have-held-his-gun/ar-BBQ7alQ?ocid=ientp

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

The NRA’s reaction to the Philando Castile shooting was a pretty good indicator that the organization doesn’t give two rips about minorities with valid carry permits.

Ellynn
Ellynn

So the no. 2 in the tax assessors office might have been high while he raised the value of my home?

http://www.wtoc.com/2018/11/26/chatham-co-board-assessors-vice-chair-arrested-drug-charges/

Although not noted in this link, another news outlet reported, the man said a ghost had put the meth in his home. No word if the ghost also gave him the cocaine.

chamblee54
chamblee54

This is about the election from hell. If you are tired of talking about it, you will be forgiven if you skip this comment. 1- The reputed voter suppression was routinely condemned as being racist, with shameful levels of high octane rhetoric. Does anyone have any explanation for this? The infamous postcards sent out by the Secretary of State were triggered by people not voting in three years. Are we saying that people of color are more likely to miss voting? 2 – The Georgia custom of holding runoffs has long been considered racist. Now, this year, a candidate of… Read more »

Benevolus
Benevolus

These are rhetorical questions, right? Because an actual invitation to discuss would be a little more specific in it’s queries. 1- Explanation for what? Overheated campaign rhetoric? Does anyone really need to explain that to you? 2- Long been considered racist? By who? When? 3- If you are hung up on the 53,000, just read the lawsuit and get over it. Please? “A preliminary review of data produced by the Georgia Secretary of State’s Office on July 4, 2018 indicates that approximately 51,111 voter registration applicants were in “pending” status for reasons related to the “exact match” protocol, i.e., the… Read more »

chamblee54
chamblee54

Thank you for that legal document. That is more informative than “An analysis of the records obtained by The Associated Press” That comment was cited as gospel before the election. My comment here was about the article being taken down.
I prefer to leave points one and two as is without further discussion.

Benevolus
Benevolus

Well the statistics in the lawsuit are the root of the prejudice argument, and Kemp lost that case, so there apparently was some merit to it.

I’m not sure who said ‘racism’. A quote or link would be helpful to determine the source and context. Otherwise, like I said, no need to pretend it’s a question if you just want to make a statement.

I am not aware of runoffs being considered racist, but I can imagine a time when it likely was. Has anyone made that claim in the past 50 years?

chamblee54
chamblee54

The document was filed 10/11/18 . That is mighty fast action for a case being lost. Also, the 53k voters in the AP article were processed by the counties. Kemp was routinely blamed for things done by the counties. Here is one of many examples of so called voter suppression being racist. https://chamblee54.wordpress.com/2018/11/23/the-problem-with-greg-palast/ This claim was at the heart of the Abrams campaign. There are many, many more examples. If you google GregPalast … spell search suggestion Greasepaint … you will find numerous examples. I did a quick google search for the runoff is racist trope. All I could find… Read more »

Benevolus
Benevolus

So you just want to drop a link to your own site and not discuss here? I’m sure the proprietors appreciate that. “Processed by the counties”. You have said this several times now, and I believe it has been responded to. The SoS provides guidance to the counties on how to do this processing. “A federal district judge in Georgia denied Secretary of State Brian Kemp’s request to pause an injunction the judge ordered last week that prevents election officials from tossing out certain absentee ballots.” https://thehill.com/regulation/court-battles/414117-judge-rules-against-kemp-in-absentee-ballot-request You can play semantics all you want, but the facts are that Kemp… Read more »

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

To be fair, Brian Kemp’s mantra seems to be “the buck stops somewhere else.”

Ellynn
Ellynn

The stuff I ordered last Monday with delayed shipping from Amazon that was to be delivered tomorrow has been delayed till Wednesday…

It was last in Chattanooga this morning… I’m thinking it’s somewhere in the pictures in the link…

https://www.wsbtv.com/news/local/cobb-county/two-fedex-trucks-collide-sending-packages-across-i-75/878847769