Morning Reads For Friday, January 18th

Howdy. Filling in today, so the format will be…whatever it is. Also, M.L.K Day is Monday. Get your banking and postal errands done today.

Georgia:

Governor Kemp proposed a $27.5 Billion budget yesterday for FY 2020, a $1.3 Billion increase from FY 2019. Teachers are proposed to get $3,000, other state employees 2%, $1 Million to form a structure for Medicaid waiver request, and a half million for a GBI gang task force.

Kyle Merro is officially the new President of Georgia Southern University (the other GSU). The move creates an opening at the University of West Georgia. This leaves the University System of Georgia still with two open Presidencies to fill, with the Georgia Tech position to be available this summer.

Despite being about 9 years into economic recovery/expansion, Macon-Bibb officials are still trying to figure out how to pay for services without furloughing employees.

A Columbus man convicted of rape and murder and sentenced to death when I was in the third grade will get a new trial because DNA evidence may exonerate him. Also the judge ruled that there was “systematic race discrimination” by picking an all white jury. Complicating matters is his video taped confession, fingerprints at the murder scene, an eyewitness, and that the crime occurred over 40 years ago. The case will now go to Georgia’s Supreme Court.

In Athens, the family that owns The Varsity is planning on redeveloping the entire block.

Not an oxymoron: Today’s fishing report says there’s “great crappie fishing” on Lake Lanier.

Glynn County officials are exploring a toll to cross onto St. Simons Island. Dinner at Delaney’s Bistro is worth it. Ignore the menu, listen to the specials.

National:

President Trump canceled Speaker Pelosi’s CODEL to Afghanistan. Shutdown showdown politics continues to escalate.

President Trump cancels his administration’s plans to visit Davos Switzerland for the World Economic Forum. He had said earlier he would not personally go due to the ongoing shutdown.

People has a running list of Democrats running for President in 2020. They’ve yet to declare the sexiest one alive.

Netflix claims to have 10% of all TV time now in the U.S. They need not be complacent. Disney and NBC are among the latest to announce their own streaming services, joining Amazon, CBS and ESPN, among others.

CNBC has prepared a list of growing impacts as the federal shutdown continues.

UCF IS NUMBER ONE!!!!….in misappropriating funds in the State of Florida.

Your featured restaurant for where to eat fried Georgia chicken today:

H&H Soul Food, Macon Georgia

No, It was even better than it looks – H&H Soul Food, Macon Georgia

H&H is worth planning a stop in Macon for breakfast or lunch, and their fried chicken is among the best in the state. As a bonus, there’s real history here, as the recording studio for the Allman Brothers was just a few doors down.

The service is fast, but still slow and attentive enough to be properly southern. I can’t recall having anything here I didn’t like, so if it looks good on the menu, give it a try. But not on Mondays.

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Noway2016
Noway2016

It’s called Free Speech. But I guess that’s a problem there days? At least there wasn’t a vape shop meltdown.
http://www.startribune.com/minneapolis-roosevelt-high-school-basketball-coach-questions-fans-displaying-pro-trump-flag-at-game-in-jordan/504437562/

rickday
rickday

I thought about you Monday. I go to an auction in rural north GA. Mostly small business and entrepreneurs buying for flea markets and small Mom and Pops throughout the region. Good folk, common but smart. For the past month, Trump 2020 swag (flags and caps) have come up for sale. Now ‘auction’ is loose because the price is often just a pretext for giving a better deal, in order to entice other buyers. So more than one person had the opportunity, hell, almost 100 buyers had the opportunity. $2.00 3’x5′ Trump 2020 flags. $2 red caps. No takers. Zero.… Read more »

Ellynn
Ellynn

You’re getting old (eye roll). I turn 50 this year.

Get off my balcony (I don’t own a lawn)

Noway2016
Noway2016

So tell me how a Trump 2020 towel offends black kids. Anf I honestly didn’t see a Kapernick connection in any of this.

Will Durant
Will Durant

Since you are forever citing examples of individuals and/or small groups to make your point perhaps you will allow me to do the same in clarifying what MAGA hats have become symbolic of to white teenagers:

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/covington-catholic-high-school-kids-in-maga-hats-mocking-native-american-vietnam-veteran-during-indigenous-peoples-march-caught-on-viral-video-2019/

I know you lack reading comprehension but even you can’t play your obtuse game with the pictures.

Or the primary antagonist’s Mama’s, uhm…defense?
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/maga-hat-donald-trump-native-american-covington-catholic-nathan-phillips-black-muslims-a8737186.html

downthemiddle
downthemiddle

Who are the haters that can try and destroy support for an opposing candidate by calling them racists and Nazis and have the press carry on such nonsense, when the person is a recipient of awards and contributions from the likes of the NAACP and shakedown artist Jesse Jackson, being a card carrying democrat for close to 50 years, living in one of the most liberal cities in the world and thriving there, is patently absurd. But that never stopped the left has it? No one with an honest and open mind would ever believe it. He only become a… Read more »

Will Durant
Will Durant

Whooooosh!!!!!

Again this is for the rest of the blog. We don’t have dialogues, you have diatribes. You wouldn’t get the point if it was a needle out of a nail gun. I said nothing about racism or Nazis. I said nothing about events of 100 years ago, or even the history of the world.

Kindly redirect your rant to the kids who are interpreting the MAGA paraphernalia as a message of intolerance and why they may perceive it as a “safe” symbol for hatred.

downthemiddle
downthemiddle

Great context Sniv. So some radical snowflake coach has them taking a knee before games carrying on the liberal hate. Wow. Maybe those kids should get away from such hateful nitwits that put them behind the 8 ball the rest of their lives. The kids are not the idiots as you point out. Right. Its the adults. Maybe someone can show them the huge opportunities available in this country, why millions are streaming to this country yet the adult morons that are their “leaders” poison their outlook. Do those kids wear the pink hats each game? Is liberalism a mental… Read more »

downthemiddle
downthemiddle

Little buddy, you are the sniveling, ungrateful whining clown. Not me. I am just pointing out another one of your daily whine fests. I am saying to be thankful aren’t I? Guess who is the miserable a-hole? It is the silly, same old thing. They sit in the locker room and pout…emabarrassing…self absorbed trouble makers. The coach should be a leader. Those guys should thank the Lord they are born in this country. Imagine being born in ANY OTHER COUNTRY ON EARTH at any time in history and it is worse than here right now! Talk about discrimination in the… Read more »

downthemiddle
downthemiddle

Here is Pelosi herself telling us how the libs lie and the press covers it…the WRAP UP SMEAR! By the way, that dirt bag, Harry Reid and the press, did this to Romney when Reid KNOWLING LIED YET PROCLAIMED TO THE PRESS THAT Romney hadn’t paid his taxes for 10 years…and the liars in the press reported it. REID knew is was a lie. Would you like that link? We saw this yesterday with Andrew’s forwarding lies about Cohen, the entire Steele Dossier, the leaks by Comey, Strzok Page, half of the Mueller leaks, the embarrassing Kavanaugh fiasco and they… Read more »

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

Going back six years to Reid, when the WH dirtbag lies on nearly a daily basis. You really ought to get with the times.

downthemiddle
downthemiddle

Nothing close Dave. The entire democratic party, the press and the Mueller investigation is just a giant example of a WRAP UP SMEAR! Go listen to Pelosi again. And Reid. And there is your entire party’s agenda. Trump the racist is a prime example. He touts how low the unemployment numbers among all folks and especially minorities. Now why would a racist do that? Get back to us!!

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

To deflect from his racism.

Please do keep it coming. Trumpers are doing wonders for the future of the party. Willful ignorance. Serial lying. Self-centered egotism. Low character. It’s the GOP’s idea of what it takes to MAGA.

FreeDuck
FreeDuck

What does Trump have to do with basketball?

Will Durant
Will Durant

So $3,000 = $5,000 in Kempland?

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

Just now learned the reason for your comment. And if it’s spread over four years, it won’t quite keep up with 2% inflation. That’s what I call delivering!

Will Durant
Will Durant

Certainly campaign promises have been broken before but I’m not sure I’ve seen one whiffed in the first at bat.

In his now exaggerated drawl I can just picture the spin. Now y’all know that $5,000 was figured in Canadian dollars, don’t ya know.

Will Durant
Will Durant

I didn’t even notice that it is spread out. That makes it into a total joke on the teachers. I really don’t see any ambiguity here:

Republican Brian Kemp proposed giving Georgia public school teachers a permanent $5,000 annual pay raise if he’s elected governor, a plan that would cost state taxpayers roughly $600 million a year.

The secretary of state said Tuesday that he would not raise taxes or fees to fund the pay raises, instead depending on existing revenue from the state’s $26.2 billion budget. Kemp described it as crucial to help the state retain more educators.

https://www.ajc.com/news/state–regional-govt–politics/kemp-proposes-600-million-annual-plan-boost-teacher-pay/FBlJTyBsIxt0rWEOAJuykK/

rickday
rickday

I’m no fan of Pelosi, but she had already canceled going on that trip before Comrade Trump canceled the flight.

Pesky facts that do not fit the narrative.

https://twitter.com/politicususa/status/1085991716715405312

Noway2016
Noway2016

Yeah, that’s why that big Ait Force bus was outside the Capitol waiting to carry the other Congressional Lemmings to Andrews!

downthemiddle
downthemiddle

Sure, they just wanted to drive to airport and sit on the tarmac. Schumer brought the suntan lotion… Unfortunately he thought he was the beach instead of Andrews. Did anyone see Latino voters now favor Trump’s immigration position. He has gained 19 points since the shutdown and over is 50%! AAAAWWWWW EEEE NNNNAAAAWWW Blacks and all minorities all have record unemployment rates…someone needs to remind them why they should vote for the socialist “chuds”. I guess the libs better crank up the hate again! That is all they have! They have not had a pro -growth idea in a decade… Read more »

bethebalance
bethebalance

That poll is about a year old, so hopefully you’re not using it as a reference for “gains”.
Also, if you look closely at the bottom, it has an asterisk:
*Poll commissioned by Michael Cohen.

Credibility, sadly= 0%

Noway2016
Noway2016

You mean the credibility of an admitted liar like Cohen? I agree!

bethebalance
bethebalance

I expect when Cohen testifies before Congress, some Congress-folk will ask him directly if he lied to them, and he’ll say: Yes, I’m sorry; I did lie to you, and I did so at the orders of the Pres. But I’m telling the truth now because I’m no longer in fear for my job- or something like that. In short, his credibility needs rehabilitation, and he’ll get at least some. But the rehabilitation of his credibility is only helped when it takes Trump a solid day to state that Cohen is actually lying now, instead of just complaining about Cohen’s… Read more »

bethebalance
bethebalance

Juxtaposed next to Trump, Michael Cohen may come out looking like Honest Abe. Albeit much more shlumpy.

downthemiddle
downthemiddle

Just another daily dose of liberal media lies and fake news…this list is as longer than the Missouri/Mississippi river complex. The DNC may not have a message but it sure has a megaphone!

https://offthewire.com/championship-winning-qb-surprised-when-he-spoke-about-his-white-house-visit/

downthemiddle
downthemiddle

America, the New Socialist Frontier. How stupid can a country be? The socialist/Marxist agenda is alive in America and its not just me saying it this time.

What say our liberal friends? The is dangerous, scary and wrong headed…Are the snowflakes smart enough to stare a disaster in the face?

https://thehill.com/opinion/campaign/425970-america-the-new-socialist-frontier

Noway2016
Noway2016

Go to YouTube and grab that domain!

downthemiddle
downthemiddle

But you can KEEP YOUR DOCTOR, KEEP YOUR PLAN AND SAVE $2500 dollars. Increase efficiency and choice…and it is SHOVEL READY!!

Right. And all those tax dollars and soaking the rich will help you Joe six pack!

Yep, the democrats know how to use a shovel!

Noway2016
Noway2016

“erroneous and outdated…”
Do you include Liar Blassy Ford’s testimony as being “erroneous and outdated”, too?

downthemiddle
downthemiddle

What if you include social media little buddy!? Oops. So which “lie” is worse? More folks watched me on TV or the disaster with Obamacare?

Did Obamacare reduce costs? Did it improve healthcare delivery or quality? Did it improve choices in plans?

Or did it kill thousand if not millions of full time jobs, raise costs and reduce choice? Andrew how many insurance company options are in the OBamacare exchanges in many counties in the state of GA?

Why is it we voted for the socialists again?

downthemiddle
downthemiddle

Looky here. Isnt Trump trying to protect America as he confronts China and their cheating trade imbalances and intellectual property rights? Tell me what is wrong with that?

Did Obama do jack sh– about China? How about any other country on earth? How about anyone in the last 40 years? I want to hear from a liberal that says this is NOT the thing to do.

Be aware of what is going on right now before you sound like a fool….

Benevolus
Benevolus

“The Delta Air Lines Foundation is honored to give the @natlparkservice a grant to reopen the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historical Park on its most important weekend of the year.”

Will Individual 1 find a way to cancel that too?

downthemiddle
downthemiddle

Don’t you mean Pelosi and Schumer will be canceling that instead of spending some money making the US safer? Now that is the damn truth. The libs don’t acre about security. I don’t think you libs win this one. You will with the California loons but that is about it. Play the lib sound bites. Ban Ice. The agents are Nazis! Sorry Benev. Good try. With an honest media the libs lose. And who trusts the media ? Don’t they have worse poll numbers than democratic members of Congress? I figure any debate with some socialist twinky, Trump will have… Read more »

downthemiddle
downthemiddle

Imagine, if the president was John Doe….he would be lauded as the next Reagan because of his successful policy efforts. Well the press hated Reagan too so maybe I should name someone else —but you see the point.

oin the discussion…

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

Egotist Trump needs enough money to build a few more dozen miles of wall or fence, so he can take credit for the 700 plus miles of wall or fence that are already there. His big brain figured that one out. Trumpers after all won’t know the difference.

downthemiddle
downthemiddle

How much is the market up since the bozos shut the government shutdown?! Looks like most folks don’t give a crap!

downthemiddle
downthemiddle

12% …. and I agree with you or a change, the stock market is NOT the best measure on any short term basis. I only point it out in the libs seem to have a perverse love when the market had a big pullback and blamed it all on Trump. Trump was wrong to crow about the stock market as much as he did. If the Fed raises interest rates 9x, no stock pundit will be crowing… Why is that anything that seems to be negative for America the dems seen to support and applaud it? Could it be they… Read more »

downthemiddle
downthemiddle

Of all of the things you could point out, you have a very short list that is being addressed now by everyone other than the DO NOTHINGS. Separating children…that started under Obama…and Trump is trying to address the entire immigration issue and what are DO NOTHING DEMOCRTATS doing? Living up to their name. If we have a better immigration system that would be reduced. If we didn’t have caravans heading here all of the damn time that would reduce that. If we have a more streamlined system…all of the above. Who is kicking the GD can down the road and… Read more »

downthemiddle
downthemiddle

Sure. But not 5 billion today right!?

downthemiddle
downthemiddle

Sure its changed. You f—s could care less about security or anything else. You just proved it. Everyone knows this. And you guys don’t care!! Now that is hilarious. Andrew you guys have really handled Trump beautifully so far! Hillary runs around for 2 years whining about her ass beating and writes a blame game book called What Happened? Hey, I can tell her what happened! You nitwits show up in Washington by the millions dressed in pink vagina hats no doubt (very impressive yet hard to take seriously don’t you think?} demanding impeachment before he was event elected…turned the… Read more »

Benevolus
Benevolus

It’s actually McConnell’s shutdown now. He won’t even have a vote because he knows it will pass, even in the GOP Senate.

downthemiddle
downthemiddle

Sorry Benev. The dems went home, took their bat, have done nothing constructive for years and were off on another junket when the plane was denied!

Noway2016
Noway2016

That’s why all those Dem Goobers were huddled on that Air Force bus, right??? I mean to hear your unhinged account, they were in the line at Delta with boarding passes in hand. It’s a lie. You and The Chudd Brothers are literally delusional! LMFAO!

bethebalance
bethebalance

Remember, Trump didn’t actually write Art of the Deal. Like much else, it was just a branded façade.

bethebalance
bethebalance

Ah, yes, need for glasses confirmed.
Getting outta here before the Jokers return.
Happy weekend.

Noway2016
Noway2016

Just heard Kirk Mellish say he doesn’t expect to see many snowflakes this weekend. I just texted him and told him to come look on here. He’ll see a Snowflaking blizzard!

Benevolus
Benevolus

Shameless self-promotion.

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

Trump recycling an already rejected proposal was a waste of time. $5.7B for a permanent Trump monument in exchange for a temporary three year extension of DACA? Yeah, a serial liar and his constellation of sycophants and Congressional protectors that have already reneged on one deal can be relied on to agree to another. Trump couldn’t check his lying in making the pitch. $700B cost to the country because of drugs? Yeah if you count cigs and booze. We all know the border is totally porous for tobacco smuggling and bootleggers, and Mexican doctors all write scripts for American opioid… Read more »

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

I was wrong. Trump’s low energy going through the motions yesterday wasn’t a waste of time since it focused thinking on current situation details. Trump seeking to repeal DACA made that an issue. Trump amplified the humanitarian crises. Trump was proud to create the shutdown, It’s all been on purpose. Republican compromise means Trump gets what he wants and when he wants it in return for a momentary pause in what he’s been doing. Mighty white of them. I’ve reconsidered. No wall funding unless its concurrent with amnesty and a path to citizenship for DACA and similarly situated others. It… Read more »

Gregs
Gregs

This guy is committing heresy for a republican congressman but he make sense to the vast majority of Americans. The “wall” is just plain stupid. We have much better solutions to address border crossings which are at a 15 year low.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/republican-congressman-trump%E2%80%99s-border-crisis-is-a-%E2%80%98myth%E2%80%99/ar-BBSqYYT?li=BBnb7Kx

downthemiddle
downthemiddle

Try to tell any American other than “snowflakes on this blog” that we dont need to fix the immigration disaster. Obama made it worse, no one doing jack for 40 years and one guy in 2 years is doing more than all combined! Like tax reform. Like regulatory reform. Like China policy. Military repairs. Encoruaging capitalism and small business. Record low unemployment. Nato loafers… Do the democrats help or HURT all of the above?! Keep it up snowflakes. Are our ERs and schools overwhelming? Sure but what democrat cares?!! Are our schools and our prisons and social services, border guards… Read more »

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

I’m trying to cut back, but it never ceases to amaze why some of us, me included, continue to argue with a dining room chair.

Gregs
Gregs

“And join the legion of the insane”

downthemiddle
downthemiddle

Great article about the Crippling Costs of 70% Tax Rates…I want to hear from one of the “Chud Brothers” about how this is a great idea! We had one try to defend it briefly the other day. Isn’t this a perfect example of liberal Marxism at work? It is a freaking wrecking ball to humanity. Wouldn’t you say that if you supported this you would officially be a charter member in the “legion of the insane”? This is one of the new progressive ideas of the Democrats to make America better. That and I hate Trump, red hats and anyone… Read more »

downthemiddle
downthemiddle

More liberal hypocrisy. Women’s March follows Farrakham off a Cliff….

This is just so rich. That haters eaten up with racism and hatred. It the pot darker than a Black Hole. Doesn’t look like any light can come from that movement. Let’s shine a light on it.

https://www.wsj.com/articles/the-womens-march-follows-farrakhan-off-a-cliff-11548104190

If you find yourself hating folks wearing a red hat without even knowing what the hat says, what does that say about the person that feels that way or the group of bigots behind it?

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

When are Cobb County Sheriff Neil “we’ll show ‘em for taking a knee” Warren and Gwinnett County Sheriff Butch Conway up for re-election? It’s notable 287(g) program incumbents in Charlotte and Raleigh, NC have been shown the door. https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/urban-sheriffs-flee-ice-program-as-small-counties-join-trump’s-deportation-push/ar-BBSeZPt?ocid=spartanntp “The two North Carolina counties that dropped out this month are the state’s most populous and had among the highest numbers of arrests nationally in the first seven months of fiscal 2018: 370 for Wake and 309 for Mecklenburg. The only counties with more arrests during that period were Gwinnett County, Georgia, with 1,434; Clark County, Nevada, with 676; Collier County,… Read more »