December 12, 2018 7:13 AM HomeMorning ReadsMorning Reads – Wednesday, December 12, 2018 Morning Reads – Wednesday, December 12, 2018 By TheDeepDark Morning Reads 67 Comments So, it’s a Wednesday. I think we can all be happy that we aren’t the new Chief of Staff for President Trump. Governor-Elect Kemp – “it’s time to put politics behind us”.J. Harold Shepherd, co-founder of the Shepherd Center, has passed.Two votes people… two freaking votes.The other Georgia doesn’t like Bridget. They think she is too hung up on the ex… President.Iran doesn’t like the other Georgia too much.A former VP of Starwood talks about the breach.Roughly the same number of people blame the media and Trump for a breakdown of civility in politics.What is the future of space exploration? Share this:TwitterFacebookTumblrRedditEmailPrint Related About Author TheDeepDark Subscribe Login Notify of new follow-up comments new replies to my comments Please login to comment 67 Comments Oldest Newest Inline Feedbacks View all comments Raleigh 1 year ago What will the future of exploring space will be like? December 1901 was the first transatlantic radio transmission. So, rounded 1901 to 2019 or roughly 118 years’ radio transmissions have been traveling out into space at the speed of light. How far have we traveled? Our closest star Alpha Centauri is 4.3 light years away so they don’t know that Donald Trump is president just yet. Next, we have Vega which is 25 light years away. Vegans think Bill Clinton is president. Then at 75 light years we have Upsilon Aquarii which is in the Constellation Aquarius and we are… Read more » bethebalance 1 year ago Reply to Raleigh Dig it. The more aliens that hear us, the more we will just cement our reputation as the dumbest planet in the galaxy. Dave Bearse 1 year ago Reply to bethebalance Further on that is the idea that more advance beings take a hands off approach because its foolish to risk transfer of technology to feuding beings that are fouling their own nest. There won’t be significant contact unless and until interstellar travel is likely possible. Mr. Bear 1 year ago Reply to Raleigh The late Oran Nicks, talking about his book about the early space probes; Frank “Red” Rowsome was head of NASA’s technical book section: “Red had many years of technical writing experience, and he specialized in explaining technical subjects simply and clearly. Furthermore, he knew the facts, the people, and incidents we were to write about almost as well as I. Red and I believed that the lunar and planetary spacecraft were the first sophisticates of a new age of machines and that people would want to know more about how they were created, how they worked, and what they did.… Read more » Noway2016 1 year ago Who else besides me just loves The Religion of Peace? https://www.google.com/amp/s/amp.theguardian.com/world/2018/dec/12/strasbourg-france-christmas-market-shooting-gunman-was-listed-as-potential-terror-threat chefdavid 1 year ago Reply to Noway2016 Keep in mind that, unlike in the U.S., France does not have a “right to bear arms” — the right to privately own a gun is not protected by law. In order to purchase a firearm, one must first obtain a hunting or shooting sport license, which requires a psychological evaluation and regular renewal. Semi-automatic rifles that can hold more than three rounds, as well as rifles and handguns with military-grade calibers, require permits. Good thing their gun laws are working. https://www.bustle.com/articles/123809-what-are-frances-gun-laws-like-the-attacks-took-place-in-a-city-with-strict-firearms Noway2016 1 year ago Reply to chefdavid Speaking of which, what ever happened to your idol, Hogg? Given up your guns yet, Sniv? Mr1raggedhole 1 year ago Reply to chefdavid What is your workable solution to prevent these? @Andrew Benevolus 1 year ago Reply to Mr1raggedhole There are many ways to impact this problem. It’s been done many times in many places. There is plenty of expert analysis of ways to address. The better question is what will the NRA types not say “nyet” to. Mr1raggedhole 1 year ago Reply to Benevolus I find no workable solutions in your comment. Benevolus 1 year ago Reply to Mr1raggedhole Who gets to decide what is workable? Noway2016 1 year ago Reply to Benevolus In this situation he does. You didn’t say squat. As usual. Benevolus 1 year ago Reply to Mr1raggedhole I am no expert so my opinion doesn’t count for much, but it’s not hard to find many expert suggestions for things to do: http://time.com/5209901/gun-violence-america-reduction/ https://scholar.google.com/scholar?q=gun+control+solutions&hl=en&as_sdt=0&as_vis=1&oi=scholart https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/white-house/6-proposals-reduce-gun-violence-how-they-work-n851736 https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2018/2/21/17028930/gun-violence-us-statistics-charts I would imagine that these would be arbitrarily deemed ‘unworkable’ by those who don’t really want to do anything about it. Mr1raggedhole 1 year ago Reply to Benevolus No need to be an expert in order to have an informed opinion and discuss things rationally. I would say from those links that the fix NICS is something that is needed. If govt. is in the background check business, govt should be responsible for a mistake that allowed a prohibited person from getting a gun. The 21 age requirement might have stopped the Florida shooting but as the article states ” According to FBI reports, handguns were responsible for 90% of homicides in 2016.” A person must already be 21 purchase a handgun so I don’t know how much… Read more » Gregs 1 year ago Reply to Mr1raggedhole My take: forget about regulating guns. There is culture of violence that will never allow this to happen. And…they have a constitutional amendment to misinterpret that gives them a basis in law. Instead, regulate ammunition. Make the purchase of ammo as hard and as rare as possible and you”ll solve the problem because all the ammo on the street today has a shelf life. So the carnage will continue for another ten years and then you”ll have to make your own (which can be very dangerous) or be subjected to rigorous rules for purchasing anymore. Benevolus 1 year ago Reply to Gregs Seconded. Mr1raggedhole 1 year ago Reply to Gregs <blockquote>My take: forget about regulating guns. There is culture of violence that will never allow this to happen. And…they have a constitutional amendment to misinterpret that gives them a basis in law. Instead, regulate ammunition. Make the purchase of ammo as hard and as rare as possible and you”ll solve the problem because all the ammo on the street today has a shelf life. So the carnage will continue for another ten years and then you”ll have to make your own (which can be very dangerous) or be subjected to rigorous rules for purchasing anymore. Not a practical solution as… Read more » Benevolus 1 year ago Reply to Mr1raggedhole Why can’t ammo be regulated? Noway2016 1 year ago Reply to Benevolus Because “Deplorables ” like me will throw any pol who tries that out on their butts. Gregs 1 year ago Reply to Benevolus The is no right to keep and bare ammo. It is regulated now and can be further regulated. Since most ammo will become unstable over time the sooner we regulate the quicker the day will come when can reduce mass shootings. Gregs 1 year ago Reply to Gregs Funny but with a point! He’s right about raising the price of a bullet since everything comes to money. Make shooting people hard and expensive and let capitalism do its thing. downthemiddle 1 year ago Reply to Gregs Texting and driving…more deaths than guns. Ban cell phones. Horrible video games leading the little crumb crunchers to have little regard for life. They have to contribute to school shootings. Ban them. Divorces break apart families….ban them. downthemiddle 1 year ago Reply to Gregs Chris Rock is funny! Liberals are too. Too bad libs are serious. Gregs, here is an even better idea that is right up your alley! < ol> I am sure we are all appalled that thousands die on the roads each year. Lets just ban cars…Come on libs, I know you are with me. All you Smart Car drivers with a death wish should just get a bike! Well since that might not concur I am sure I can get the liberal goobers to agree to raise the price of gas to $8 in America just like in France and… Read more » downthemiddle 1 year ago Reply to Gregs I am also hugely concerned about the obesity problem and all of the health problems associated with it. I am a concerned converted liberal….I want to ban all foods and restaurants that serve foods that contribute to the obesity epidemic. That goes for beverages too. No more Cokes, beer and wine. Liquor too! No fried chicken, no soul food…there goes the black vote! Ban it all. No just tax it to death…like taxpayers. We should ban all beverage other than water and consumer only leafy green vegetables! The liberal vegans should be ecstatic! 2 massive problems that kill 100x more… Read more » Benevolus 1 year ago Reply to Mr1raggedhole Nothing we do is going to be perfect. But we can be better. Some things we do may have little to no effect for many years. But we have to do something, and even small steps are probably better than no steps. It’s not like we are going to make some drastic mistake because no one has ever done this before. There is plenty of data to get started, but further study in the US would be a good thing too. In 1996, Congress, with a push from the NRA, passed the Dickey Amendment–named after its author, former Republican Representative… Read more » Mr1raggedhole 1 year ago Reply to Benevolus All my comments were related to the articles you posted. The age 21 came from there. You obviously did not read your own articles. Good day. Benevolus 1 year ago Reply to Mr1raggedhole Of course I read it. It says “Some measures, like Walmart’s lifting its minimum age for purchasing a gun from 18 to 21, may sound good but likely won’t do much to combat gun violence.” Is that what you are referring to? It (nor I) are advocating raising it to 21. Then it says “A more effective policy would require every buyer, of any age, to obtain a license that includes a registration of all purchases and at least a modest training program”, which is why I asked you about training. Dave Bearse 1 year ago Reply to Mr1raggedhole A starting point would be actually studying gun violence in America. “The CDC had not touched firearm research since 1996 — when the NRA accused the agency of promoting gun control and Congress threatened to strip the agency’s funding. The CDC’s self-imposed ban dried up a powerful funding source and had a chilling effect felt far beyond the agency: Almost no one wanted to pay for gun violence studies, researchers say. Young academics were warned that joining the field was a good way to kill their careers. And the odd gun study that got published went through linguistic gymnastics to… Read more » Noway2016 1 year ago Reply to Dave Bearse Let “Talks of Grabbing” begin! Wow! That was fast! Barely a month after! Thank God for a Senate, even stronger, to let that crap die!! Dave Bearse 1 year ago Trump on short notice decided to televise his meeting with Pelosi and Schumer. Trump said he could pass a House bill with $5 billion for wall funding “in two seconds”, it being “easiest of all” year end legislation. Trump said he’d be proud to shut down government unless Pelosi and Schumer agreed to fund the wall. Brilliant strategy. I expect the crowd at Myrtle’s was beside itself with joy at how Trump owned the libs. And how about Pence at the meeting? He participated as a potted plant, later commenting that it was a “good meeting”. See it out for… Read more » Noway2016 1 year ago You think she’ll pay him in singles? Poor Horseface! https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-12-11/trump-awarded-293-000-in-fees-sanctions-from-stormy-daniels Noway2016 1 year ago Reply to Noway2016 Then you better keep yor yap shut about Madeline Albright! Lol! bethebalance 1 year ago Reply to Noway2016 I second the objection to the misogyny. It goes beyond an insult of appearances. But if you must do that, then you must also put a true pic of your face on your avatar, so we can make fun of your mug. Noway2016 1 year ago Reply to bethebalance Ok. Tell me how to do that. bethebalance 1 year ago Reply to Noway2016 Find an honest pic. Can be reminiscent. Go to your profile. Find the box to upload the photo. Upload. If you need further assistance, find a grandchild. downthemiddle 1 year ago Reply to Noway2016 Andrew you are right little buddy. Protecting those frail women! We all know beauty is skin deep but ugly it to the bone! Does that rhyme with drone? downthemiddle 1 year ago Reply to Noway2016 Trump has the Midas Touch!! He pays Stormy $130,000 to shut the heck up and Stormy has to pay him $350,000 in legal fees! Dang, tripling his money like that. Wait, that is what he is supposed to be impeached for right?! Aint gonna happen folks! And that wizard Avenatti owes something like $5 million I think! Being evicted if I am not mistaken… Man and he was going to be the new lib candidate for Prez too! At least Stormy is not going to get fat. That is a hell of a lot of table and lap dances!! Hmmm,… Read more » Noway2016 1 year ago Reply to downthemiddle LMAO!!! Thank God!!! Now I can start doing that again! bethebalance 1 year ago Reply to Noway2016 You can do it now that DTM’s done it? Are you sure you don’t share more than a simple affinity for insults? If DTM jumped off a bridge… You better hope the bridge isn’t owned by TDD… downthemiddle 1 year ago Reply to downthemiddle Andrew, to provide a little humor over the constant liberal whine little buddy! Benevolus 1 year ago Reply to downthemiddle Clowns generate more comments. Is that beneficial to a non-commercial… what is this, a blog? I don’t know. Noway2016 1 year ago Reply to Noway2016 Hey Drew, how many table dances would she have to do? Better than Ginny Craig! Lol! downthemiddle 1 year ago Reply to Noway2016 You have to admit Trump has the Midas Touch!! He pays Stormy $130,000 to shut the heck up and Stormy has to pay him $350,000 in legal fees! Dang, tripling his money like that. Wait, that is what he is supposed to be impeached for right?! Aint gonna happen folks! And that wizard Avenatti owes something like $5 million I think! Being evicted if I am not mistaken… Man and he was going to be the new lib candidate for Prez too! At least Stormy is not going to get fat. That is a hell of a lot of table… Read more » Dave Bearse 1 year ago And when you can’t change the rules fast enough, ignore ‘em. “I Don’t Care Trump Was Involved in Crimes, He’s Doing a Good Job” — GOP establishmentarian Orrin Hatch “As long as Cohen’s a liar, I shouldn’t give much credibility to what he says,” Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa [another GOP establishmentarian], said Monday when asked about the new court filings. After a reporter pointed out that federal prosecutors were the ones making the allegations, Grassley replied, “He got his information from a liar.” That’s cart blanche to doubt the credibility of a Republican establishment that supports serial liar Trump. downthemiddle 1 year ago Reply to Dave Bearse Cohen is a lawyer isn’t he? So he is always truthful! Aren’t most politicians in DC lawyers….hmmmm. Both Clinton’s are lawyers…Barak…is anyone seeing a pattern?! Dave Bearse 1 year ago Reply to downthemiddle You mean like Kavanaugh? downthemiddle 1 year ago Reply to Dave Bearse He looks like the only one that was telling the truth! Hey Dave, do you still be believe his accusers?! Be honest! Dave Bearse 1 year ago Reply to downthemiddle Gee, you’ve advanced from third grade I’m rubber and you’re glue to trick questions. Have you stopped beating you wife? downthemiddle 1 year ago Reply to Dave Bearse Dave, you didn’t answer. Do you still believe Kavanaugh’s accusers …when no one can verify any of them? Or was it another liberal hit job ? Noway2016 1 year ago Reply to downthemiddle Kav needs to sue the dogsh•t out of Ford and the other liars involved! Feinstein included! Set up a GoFundMe page! The whole nine yards!! Make an example of the Dems!! Noway2016 1 year ago Reply to Noway2016 And that discovery would work both ways. Do it! Dave Bearse 1 year ago Reply to downthemiddle DTM, I didn’t answer, because as I said, yours was a trick question. Consider a yes or no answer to my question to you and you’ll understand what I mean. Noway2016 1 year ago Reply to Dave Bearse Nothing “trick” about it. You either believe the women and their stories and you supposed the Dem tactics employed – or you don’t. Pretty straightforward… Dave Bearse 1 year ago Reply to Noway2016 You just changed the question. And I’m not referring to the addition introducing tactics.. When you figure out the answer to my question, are you still beating your wife?, you’ll understand the initial dilemma. Dave Bearse 1 year ago More on GOP credibility: “It looks like what they’re going to focus on is more investigations. I think America is too great a nation to have such a small agenda. I think there’s other problems out there that we really should be focused upon. And my belief is, let’s see where we can work together. Let’s move America forward.” — Kevin McCathy Remember when McCarthy, the House GOP second-in-command during hearing after hearing after hearing on Benghazi actually said “Everybody thought Hillary Clinton was unbeatable right? But we put together a Benghazi Special Committee, a select committee. What are her… Read more » downthemiddle 1 year ago Do democrats hate white people? If so, why? I have not figured out that angle of hate. There are just so many of them. Thanks in advance. I hate to be profiling here, but aren’t many of not most of the active posters white? I honestly don’t care. You are still welcome to play golf with us any time. Just play fast and DONT WHINE! bethebalance 1 year ago Reply to downthemiddle That’s an ugly fantasy that Ann Coulter shared. Made me a little nauseous. Don’t buy it, DTM. The majority of Democrats only hate one man, and it ain’t because he’s white. And not even all Dems agree on that, much less anything else. I often see Dem party policy based on pluralisms of interests. Benevolus 1 year ago What best describes the opposite of socialism? A. Feudalism B. Oligarchy C. Monarchy D. Fascism E. Other? Noway2016 1 year ago Reply to Benevolus In your case – “whataboutism!” bethebalance 1 year ago Reply to Noway2016 In a way, you’re not wrong. If socialism is defined as being “social”, then whataboutism can clearly be defined as “antisocial”. Pretty sure Manson said that’s exactly what antisocial means. Just after stating that at least he didn’t dress like a clown like that other dude. chamblee54 1 year ago Reply to Benevolus anti-socialism Benevolus 1 year ago Erickson (Butina’s boyfriend) wrote in an October 2016 email to an acquaintance that was later obtained by the FBI, “I’ve been involved in securing a VERY private line of communication between the Kremlin and key [unnamed political party] leaders through, of all conduits, the [unnamed gun-rights organization].” So Russians were funneling money into the GOP via the NRA. Cut t 1/27/2010, B. Obama State of the Union: “Last week, the Supreme Court reversed a century of law to open the floodgates for special interests — including foreign corporations — to spend without limit in our elections,” Obama said. “Well I… Read more » Benevolus 1 year ago Reply to Benevolus “Spanish police have turned over to the FBI wiretaps of conversations involving Alexander Torshin, a prominent Russian banker suspected of money laundering who met with President Donald Trump’s eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., during the 2016 US presidential election. When José Grinda, a Spanish prosecutor who spearheads investigations into organized crime, was asked if he was concerned about Torshin’s interactions with Trump Jr. or other American political figures, Grinda replied: “Mr. Trump’s son should be concerned.” https://www.businessinsider.com/fbi-obtains-alexander-torshin-wiretaps-from-spanish-police-2018-5 Ellynn 1 year ago Do we know if the federal judge read into the record, or comment on the conclusion that Individual No. 1 was involved with Cohn in campaign fraud as noted by SDNY DOJ in its sentencing statement? If so, does, that then place the legal opinion that Individual No. 1 into the federal judicial record as a unindicted co-conspirator to Champaign Finance fraud? The AMI agreement adds additional facts to the case, beyond whatever Cohn said, and any tapes he had. The lack of facts was the issue with the Edwards case… Dave Bearse 1 year ago An evening laugh….. Google’s CEO explains why a picture of Donald Trump comes up when you search for ‘idiot’ https://www.businessinsider.com/google-ceo-explains-why-trump-photo-shows-up-under-idiot-2018-12 Benevolus 1 year ago Reply to Dave Bearse And a United States Congressman demanded the names of 1000 employees of a private company so he can check to see if they are liberals. How much closer to Nazism do we have to get before people wake up and reject these maniacs? https://gizmodo.com/steve-king-demands-list-of-google-staff-so-he-can-check-1831032193 Dave Bearse 1 year ago Reply to Benevolus There’s not going to be significant rejection. In many instances it’s going to take attrition. When was the last time you heard of a Civil War states righter rejecting that the Civil War was a matter of states rights?