Morning Reads for Tuesday, November 27

Good morning! The holidays are here – and so is early voting.

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Will Durant
Will Durant

My nearest Kroger now has “Scan n’ Go” where you scan the items directly into special bags as you shop. I’ve been using it for a couple of months with only a couple of hiccups. The convenience of validating prices as you shop overrides the inconvenience of playing checkout clerk, but you also never ever hear “Place your item in the bagging area.”

Noway2016
Enjoy the Silence
Enjoy the Silence

The study shows the levels are at their lowest of for 1,500 years – and climate change is to blame.

So, you are on board the climate change train now? Glad you finally have caught up and admitted science.

Will Durant
Will Durant

And all it took was for the article to appear in a journal that Noway frequents, The Daily Mail. Next I will be awaiting the peer reviews in The Star and National Enquirer.

Indypendant
Indypendant

Makes sense since Noway thinks the letters in Penthouse Forum are from real people.

Noway2016
Noway2016

Bully the First Lady over Christmas decorations? Really?
https://www.google.com/amp/s/amp.usatoday.com/amp/2120935002

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Call me when she’s being tear gassed or thrown in an internment camp. Until then I’d hesitate to call a couple mean tweets “bullying.”

chefdavid
chefdavid

Just following the Obama policy. https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2018/nov/26/obama-administration-used-tear-gas-border-once-mon/. I bet if they put some M-60’s down that would stop this real quick. Why don’t they go to Cuba? The could get a job and free healthcare there.

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Are there any documented instances of the Obama Administration deploying tear gas on women and children? I’m not trying to defend the Obama Administration’s border enforcement policies. I think they were bad. But the fact these policies once existed doesn’t excuse you from liability when you continue them or when you ratchet them up or when you make them more inhumane. As a side note, this is the consequence of Trump’s consistent lies about the border/immigration. Trump has spent the past 3-4 years complaining about Obama was too soft on immigration, how he allowed “illegals” to come waltzing over the… Read more »

bethebalance
bethebalance

Unfortunately, one of my takeaways from Obama’s border enforcement and deportation policies was that in politics, it may not matter what you do. What may matter more is how many people can be convinced to believe whatever you want them to, regardless of what was done. I also at one point thought that Obama’s policies were done to assuage concerns of Repubs, but I think Obama knew the above difference between actions and perception, which means he probably did it because that’s what he thought was right. And no one disagreed with a priority of deporting the worst criminal aliens… Read more »

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

New filing in United States v. Manafort (link) The Special Counsel’s Office is alleging Manafort lied to the FBI and the Special Counsel “on a variety of subject matters” after signing the plea agreement. Mueller’s team will be filing a “detailed sentencing submission” in advance of Manafort’s sentencing hearing. Here’s my take from a prosecutorial angle: In order to decide Manafort lied, the judge at the sentencing hearing is going to have to make “findings of fact.” The judge’s findings of fact are binding against anyone in privity with Manafort. Y’all may recall that Manafort was Trump’s campaign manager and,… Read more »

Benevolus
Benevolus

This is really pretty interesting. Lots of speculation out there. Mueller clearly knew Manafort was lying. Why would Manafort lie? He’s expecting a pardon. But a lot of his crimes are state crimes, so not pardonable (at least by the Prez.) He’s afraid of Putin. If he’s got bad info on Putin, staying in prison might look like the best option. But Mueller apparently has the info already anyway, but from where/who? He is colluding with Trump? Mueller seems to have waited until after Trump turned in his homework assignment to file this report. OK, remember a couple of weeks… Read more »

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Shorter Erick Erickson: “Let’s find and prop up a new batch of fascist dictators because having the government kill these refugees in their home countries is preferable to having them ask for asylum here.”

https://twitter.com/EWErickson/status/1067262170889707520

bethebalance
bethebalance

Unbelievable that he would suggest supporting fascist, murdering, disappear-the-opposition dictators like Pinochet. Folks aren’t gonna like it, but from WWII through Pinochet, Chilean rulers imported Nazi tactics to suppress political dissidents. https://www.yahoo.com/news/pinochet-regime-tied-ex-nazi-medics-enclave-leaks-213222820.html Also: https://books.google.com/books/about/Chile_and_the_Nazis.html?id=agOdHJcM19sC “Based on documentary evidence from the archives of the Chilean Foreign Office, and from U.S., British, German, and, intercepted, Japanese documents [the author provides] evidence of the events and circumstances surrounding Chile’s refusal to comply with the will of the White House and the State Department, in 1942, that they sever diplomatic relations with Nazi Germany, Fascist Italy and Imperial Japan…. [Chile allowed Nazis] to use… Read more »

Noway2016
Noway2016

Looks like my lunch choice has been made for today!! Throw Chick Filet in that briar patch! Lol!
https://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/school-blocks-chick-fil-dining-option-cites-values-59439397

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

So private companies can publicly espouse their values but private universities can’t?

Indypendant
Indypendant

Have a double order of fries on me.

Noway2016
Noway2016

And you have a bottle of Texas Pete’s Hot Sauce…for that 2016 Loser’s Laptop…on me! LMAO!

Benevolus
Benevolus

I’ve always said that the best way to fix a spit groin is 3.2-tons of armor stone, rip-rap, and exposed Campbell blocks.

Will Durant
Will Durant

A couple of articles from The Atlantic; one I could’ve anticipated, the second one not so much:

America’s Epidemic of Empty Churches
Religious communities often face a choice: Sell off the buildings they can no longer afford, or find a way to fill them with new uses.

https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2018/11/what-should-america-do-its-empty-church-buildings/576592/
Madison would have appreciated this development.

Why Are Young People Having So Little Sex?
Despite the easing of taboos and the rise of hookup apps, Americans are in the midst of a sex recession.

https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2018/12/the-sex-recession/573949/
Since I grew up on the cusp of the so called sexual revolution this one has this old fart baffled.

chefdavid
chefdavid

Poor kids are too scared to whistle at a girl or tell her she has a nice fartbox. I blame this on the me too movement. Population will decline. So are carbon footprint in the US will go down and we will all be saved from global warming.

bethebalance
bethebalance

I think it very reasonable to neither whistle nor ever use that word as an alleged compliment.
As for the larger story, just look at it as a trade-off between quantity and quality.

Benevolus
Benevolus

It goes back way before the metoo movement. I ‘came of age’ in the 70’s (a long time ago) and we never knew if it was OK to open a door for a girl (woman) or pull out a chair for her. In the end you learn to treat people as individuals and not as a generic member of some group. I think they’ll figure it out.

I know change is hard.

Noway2016
Noway2016

“It goes back way before the metoo movement. I ‘came of age’ in the 70’s (a long time ago) and we never knew if it was OK to open a door for a girl (woman) or pull out a chair for her.”
And you never heard it was good manners to help an old lady across the street?
Surely you’re attempting to be sarcastic…

bethebalance
bethebalance

You may have missed it, Noway, but for a time here or there it was unclear when traditional gestures such as these would be perceived as paternalistic (i.e. a snub to a woman’s power to do things for herself). I think those occasional reactions to tradition passed quickly for most.

Ellynn
Ellynn

It’s not about power, it’s about common sense. If it’s raining out, I am not going to politely wait for some one to open a door I can open myself 10 seconds before they do. Do you know what 10 seconds in a down pour can do to a pair of kid leather shoes? To my hair or my Coach tote bag? If you want to be nice and start my car to heat up the transmission when it’s -15 out, I’m not going to stop you. Want to be polite and help me down an ice covered set of… Read more »

Benevolus
Benevolus

Actually, it’s OK to help an old man across the street too.

Ellynn
Ellynn

What you meant to say is… “poor guys can’t learn the skills to known when to be respectful to a women they see walking down the street or sitting at a bar and when a the guy should know a girl is interested in them”. You need to join the 21st century. We are almost a 1/5th of the way through the damn thing. If a girl likes you she will let you know (and you will know). Say hi, introduce yourself. Women like to know who they are talking to, and what the voice sounds like. (They also want… Read more »

Ellynn
Ellynn

I have a suggestion if you are inclined to use ‘fartbox’ (SHM), Say she is a calliygian beauty.

chefdavid
chefdavid

Since your on Christmas Decorating. We have a Dade County Boy going to help decorate the White House. Of course like most youngsters he has relocated to Chattanooga. Probably because of the State income tax. https://www.timesfreepress.com/news/life/entertainment/story/2017/dec/24/designs-washington-local-designer-brandcarrut/459851/

Benevolus
Benevolus

Unlikely, seeing as how the sales tax rate is 9.25% there.
It could be the transportation, fast internet, nightlife, jobs, and the nightlife. Oh, and the nightlife. And let’s not forget jobs.

chefdavid
chefdavid

We all shop, work, and play there anyways now. Their gas prices are cheaper. A lot from Dade buy gas at the Walmart just over the border. It tends to be .50 a gallon cheaper. I don’t pay that much attention to it because I drive a LEAF but I did see that this weekend.

chamblee54
chamblee54

I saw something remarkable a minute ago. This article about our election:
https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2018/11/georgia-governor-kemp-abrams/575095/ has a correction. “This article originally stated that Georgia shut down more than 200 polling places in recent years. In fact, county election officials are charged with that responsibility. We regret the error.”

Benevolus
Benevolus

The SoS has provided guidance to the counties regarding how to go about closing polling locations or re-drawing precincts.
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1xFw-DbVRcdFustzb_SJHziFrONtkpXL3/view

Any changes must be submitted to the SoS for approval.

And the problem is, Republicans have been diligently trying to restrict voter access for many years. When the photo ID requirement was first presented here in GA, they wanted it to cost money. To vote! So now anything that even smells like vote restrictions is going to get scrutiny. The GOP has no good will built up to work with.

Noway2016
Noway2016

Gaspppppppppppppppppppp!!!!
“they wanted it to cost money…”
To quote Joseph Conrad, “The horror, the horror!”
B, do forms of ID cost money? A driver’s license? A passport?
I thought so….Next!!

bethebalance
bethebalance

Driving is a privilege.
Voting is a right.
Next.

Indypendant
Indypendant

Noway thinks a poll tax is something we apply to immigrants from Poland.

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Good thing we got rid of literacy tests, otherwise Noway and his friends at Myrtle’s wouldn’t be able to cast their ballots.

chefdavid
chefdavid

Actually my county will issue an id to residents for free. This was inacted when the id became a requirement to vote.

Benevolus
Benevolus

They have to. I believe that was the result of a lawsuit.

chefdavid
chefdavid

How convenient of them.

xdog
xdog

GM is discontinuing models, closing plants, and cutting workforce because:

A) People don’t buy sedans so people making them and plants where they’re made are no longer needed.

B) GM is betting heavily on electric and self-driving technology but the resultant revenue streams aren’t there yet so it’s past time to slim the company.

C) GM is preparing for an incoming economic downturn, leaving itself with plenty of financial wiggle room.

D) GM upper management are closet dems, probably voted for Mueller, definitely anti-Trump. Anti-America too.

E) They’re a corporation. Don’t ask.

Noway2016
Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Spoiler alert: Hillary Clinton didn’t sell out an arena in Toronto and apparently there are a lot of tickets available on StubHub for an event in Sugarland, TX.

The only thing “damn embarrassing” is your continual obsession with the woman. We get it, you’re intimidated by the thought that women are smarter and more accomplished than you. Quit making us suffer through your mental insecurities.

Also, don’t trust “news” sites that don’t know how to spell “Toronto”

O_O
O_O

Don’t feel bad for missing the tiny desk Teri, I follow Big Boi on social media and never saw it either. Sleepy Brown’s still got those high notes, dude’s awesome. Voted today around 4:30, no one ahead of me, solid Republican district. I also received a glossy 8.5 x 14″ mailer from the Georgia Republican Party that says “Don’t Let Liberal Democrats STEAL Georgia’s Elections” with pictures of Nancy Pelosi, John Barrow and Stacey Abrams in a sinister grey-scale. I’ll bet there’s a consultancy with in-house design that is very grateful for this holiday windfall. That’s a very expensive product… Read more »

gt7348b
gt7348b

Just an observation on early voting when I went this evening. I actually had to wait. I wasn’t expecting to wait. Granted only 20 minutes and still caught my bus. No one was talking about Kavanaugh, it was tired people going home The only conversation I heard was whether the Piccadilly was still serving coffee. Or if Aunties Ann’s pretzels were still warm

Noway2016
Noway2016

Glad to see that somebody other than Ol’ Noway had to wait in line to vote!