Morning Reads – Wednesday, January 23, 2019

So, the comment section is starting to get a little rough again… I’d hate to have to ban a few of you while Session is going on, and through the 2020 election.

  • I mean, the AJC seems to have a bit of obsession if this is what they are reporting.
  • Bartow County’s freshmen legislators are looking at roads, workforce development, and the opioid crisis.
  • Candidates for the other Georgia’s Supreme Court ask the Parliment not to consider them.
  • Investment company shedding Equifax stock.
  • Clarke County BOE releases legislative agenda and schedules a town hall for January 31st.
  • 2019 Agricultural Forcast for Georgia.
  • Gainesville inland port environmental study has begun.

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Raleigh
Raleigh
chefdavid
chefdavid

Glad to see Chick-fil-A stick by their principles. It would be funny if the Trumpster bought the Covington kids Chick-fil-A when they come the visit the Whitehouse.

Mr. Bear
Mr. Bear

Regarding the qualities of recent comments, I’m reminded of a comment I heard from an Atlanta homicide detective years ago. They had a suspect in custody who wouldn’t shut up. Most apprehended criminals follow the lawyerly advice of STFU; not this guy, to the point of being really irritating. Finally, one of the cops looked at him straight on and said: “You have the right to remain silent. And I would appreciate it if you did so.”

Benevolus
Benevolus

Wow, wouldn’t be interesting if that Covington video turns out to have been edited and promoted by Russian agitators?

The @2020fight account was a frequent poster before its suspension, averaging 130 tweets per day since it was opened in late 2016, according to CNN. Molly McKew, an information warfare researcher, told CNN the account’s video was amplified by a network of bot accounts.
https://www.thewrap.com/twitter-suspends-account-covington-students/

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

No collusion. And if there was it’s not illegal.

bethebalance
bethebalance

This was up maybe yesterday? It’s one of the reasons why small incidents get blown up, and why the hate is amplified. It’s been part of the strategy of foreign powers from Day 1. Make us our own worst enemy, and maybe they can get the gov’t to be crippled (or even shut down) through political civil war. Wait, are we losing?

downthemiddle
downthemiddle

Dave, that is what the Mueller report will say. Thanks for finally getting that out.

downthemiddle
downthemiddle

Benev, do you think Hillary and the FBI paid for the video like they did for the fake Dossier? Wonder if those 25 fired FBI agents were involved.

xdog
xdog

‘A little rough’ is a pretty funny characterization of the chronic sneering and irrelevancy on display here. What’s even funnier is the disconnect between the daily juvenile posturing by the usual offenders, and the stated board promise to encourage ‘an informed, honest, and vigorous debate’ and to protect against ‘vitriol and randomness’. From where I sit, vitriol and randomness are winning, and it’s not close at all.

xdog
xdog

From the Gainesville inland port story, the intent to dump dredge or fill materials, probably into the North Oconee River, is especially concerning since my neighbors and I get a lot of our water from the Oconee. Why not treat waste as waste and haul it away? Imagine the wailing if the plan were to dump the fill into Lake Lanier. I also think they’ll need more than a small building to house the staff necessary to run and secure acres of storage and miles of tracks and roadways. Probably should consider staffing requirements first and then build to fit.

blakeage80
blakeage80

Don’t forget the usual assortment of old tires and bodies. Thank God for Brita filters. LOL

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

283 acres is a lot more land than required by the facility. An off the cuff guess is that facility will occupy on the order of 60 acres or less. That waste will be hauled away when there’s plenty of land at the site leads me to believe most of the site is environmentally sensitive. Land for future expansion if the facility is successful is desirable. On the other hand state ownership of the extra acreage may be a nice perk for Hall County. I estimate the facility will employ on the order of two dozen people. Not much of… Read more »

Ellynn
Ellynn

By law you have a ratio of on site water retention to paved area to prevent runoff. Unless they do underground retention, pervious pavement, or some type of water remediation to a offsite location, retention ponds are the normal course of action. They take up a lot of space.

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

Stormwater detention pond(s) wouldn’t require much land. I’m not a hydrologic-hydraulic engineer, but I’d suggest design would require detention of a foot or less of water. Even if the entire facility was impervious—my 60 acre estimate includes some buffer, a 5 foot deep 10 acre pond would suffice. Surround it with a 40 feet wide berm/buffer and that pond would be 13 acres total.

downthemiddle
downthemiddle

Why don’t we focus on cleaning up the water? In Athens and elsewhere? Its simple technology. Wouldn’t that be a better platform and return on investment than spending trillions on fighting “climate change”? In 12 years we are told we will all be dead if we don’t fight climate change…Well why bother doing a damn thing with that attitude right? How many lives are improved around the globe with nothing more than clean water and decent sewage treatment? But it is boring. Wont buy votes… right? Who thinks cleaning up the air and water makes more sense than knee capping… Read more »

Ellynn
Ellynn

To bad Trump ended or reduced the major regulations to businesses, farmers and most construction and chemical locations that once had mandatory erosion control in place to stop messing up the water AND clean up the messes they already made..

Noway2016
Noway2016

“Pollution levels in the Oconee River have nothing to do with climate change…” Thanks you. Neither does anything else. Anywhere. Short term or long term. Or ever, actually. Glad that has been settled.

Your quick effort to dismiss any reference to Senorita Cortez is humorous! If she were my party’s new bright, shiny toy, I would too. Her statements have to be embarrassing to you.

Noway2016
Noway2016

DTM’s comment about her is simply highlighting her stupidity. And don’t fret for me or my bride. People in Bogota call me “The Gringo” all the time. It’s funny! And people call Mrs. Noway “senorita” all the time here in Georgia. It’s an endearment. It acknowledges her South American heritage as well as implies youth, which always gets a drawn out “gracias” from her!!

downthemiddle
downthemiddle

Thank you Andrew. I agree lets not waste trillions on climate change with almost zero impact per the folks even proposing the massive carbon taxes. Clean up the Oconee. Chattahoochee and all of them. Maybe the Flint MI politicians will do their job too. Tell your democratic buddies that will be waiving that futile climate change flag in the next election while politicizing the damn environment for a few votes, a climate that no one can control. I prefer Americans to save their trillions on something with some investment return and common sense while not destroying the economy. Then maybe… Read more »

Benevolus
Benevolus

The US House passed a bill, 357-22, supporting NATO. All 22 nays are ‘R’s’, two of whom are Rick Allen and Jody Hice.
http://clerk.house.gov/evs/2019/roll044.xml

(I can’t find actual text. Is the Govt. printing Office closed too?)

Ellynn
Ellynn

Should have gotten the DNC chair in 2017 or a sub committee to run.

bethebalance
bethebalance

Re: shutdown, I think it’s time for Dems to make a counter, even though Trump just lost a semblance of one of the few bargaining chips he had: https://www.cbsnews.com/news/supreme-court-takes-no-action-on-daca-leaving-policy-in-place-for-now/ I think a good counter would be something like $3.6B for a smart tech fence, with all the humanitarian relief and judges, and go ahead and make DACA permanent, plus TPS, etc. I think that’s reasonable and most people would see it that way. But such a counter may need to wait until after the scheduled Thursday Senate votes. As I mentioned before, they should also float a bill that gives… Read more »

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

Those are reasonable offers. DACA amnesty in exchange for any wall money is non-negotiable.

bethebalance
bethebalance

I never understood the “amnesty” argument. First, you can’t punish one individual for the crimes of another. Plus,the Dreamers themselves- as children- could not have committed any crime because you need an intent to commit a crime. So, the Dreamers get no amnesty? Their parents? If they’re still alive, make a special procedure in immigration court where there is a special ability to review any old claims of asylum, and special punishments, such that the worst is that someone has to apply for entry and their app will be approved if they can prove no crime, paid taxes, or extenuating… Read more »

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

Amnesty for DACA (and similarly situated people) is just a word—don’t take my use of it to mean it’s traditional meaning. Avoiding it means means Republicans won’t know what you’re talking about, like using VAT instead of Fair Tax, or fiscal conservatism (which in Republican-speak is lowering taxes and complaining about spending they don’t want).

bethebalance
bethebalance

I agree with the idea of ending the shutdown first. But I think the counter has to be made for folks to stay with the Dems’ efforts to end it. When the counters are rejected, they will continue to blame Trump. On the improbability that such an offer were accepted, you just accept for the sake of the hostages.

bethebalance
bethebalance

Well, to my understanding, the Senate will vote on basically that counter tmrrw. That may mean you wait for Trump’s next counter. But if the Dems make the right move to show willingness to negotiate, they can lock in some of the current disapproval rates.

Ellynn
Ellynn

Trump’s counter also ends Asylum for children from Central American. Any GOP senator in the 2020 election cycle in a Dem leaning state will be damned if they vote for it and damned by federal employees and federal contract workers if the don’t.

Benevolus
Benevolus

If R’s want border money in the budget, why don’t they write a bill and submit it for a vote? Did they offer amendments to the recently passed House bills? That is how the process works. If your bill gets voted down, you go back and try to convince more people your way for the next time. And constantly lying about it is not helpful. A wall will have little to no effect on rapes in Mexico, or drug traffic, or US crime. If you have to lie to make your point, you may not have a good point. I… Read more »

Noway2016
Noway2016

Define “little to no effect.” Would a ten percent drop in drugs, rapes and crimes be a good thing for the US? Two percent? Five?

Noway2016
Noway2016

So, let’s see, I wanna get this right, Ok, here we go…you’re saying the other 10% of heroin, the other 12% of coke, the other 13% of meth and the other 20% of fent that get over the Southern Border may come at not legal border ports of entry. Would it not be a good idea to try and tamp down on that additional flow through the construction of a wall? Should the levels of horrific, personal destruction caused by those additional percentages of drugs getting into our country not be aggressively addressed? Or are a certain number of American… Read more »

Noway2016
Noway2016

He was here illegally. He would not, could not have “accidentally” killed her, hoss.

downthemiddle
downthemiddle

Andrew, why do you think of every reason to do nothing? Why don’t you become part of the solution.

downthemiddle
downthemiddle

Noway we are told doing nothing is great. That is what we have been told for 30 years now by both lying parties. Someone is willing to address it. Actually fight for it. But is vilified. Isnt the same person address China’s cheating ways? And no one has done jack s—t about it. Oh, but it is bad and its hateful. Like I said, if one or both sides are full of crap, I am glad to point it out. Both sides have been lying and doing too little about this issue for 30 years and kicked the can down… Read more »

Ellynn
Ellynn
Noway2016
Noway2016

Unsure if paywall. Bot for me anyway and i do not subscribe. This is what I was saying yesterday in the ultimate kerffuffle…
https://www.wsj.com/articles/the-high-school-deplorables-11548202058

downthemiddle
downthemiddle

Great article. We got this story yesterday on this blog didn’t we? This is how one party and the press have turned bigotry into action against half of the country. Bigotry of thought. Sick. Its on purpose. For political gain. On MLK day too. If you don’t believe it. Go wear a red MAGA hat. Congratulations. I thought MLK wanted no bigotry and to judge people by the content of their character. What do you think MLK would think of identity politics, the core platform of the democratic party today?

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

“Its on purpose. For political gain.”

Or in other words, Republicans campaigning and governing principle.

Identity politics? A MAGA hat identifies victimhood politics.

downthemiddle
downthemiddle

Dave, do conservatives attack folks for wearing a Hillary hat? Or an Obama one? Liberals screaming racist and Nazi every day and before every election cycle has finally finally worked. Congratulations. Having good race relations is detrimental to the liberal voting buying complex. It has fine tuned bigotry against half of the country. Just by way they think. It is not a new phenomenon. I hate to tell you this, but I have had my tires slashed 2 times around presidential elections in my own driveway. There must have been hundreds of Clinton signs in the neighborhoods. I put out… Read more »

Noway2016
Noway2016

A reasonable post. Personal story of vandalism visited upon DTM. Nothing inflammatory about it. I’m curious as to the responses you’ll get.

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

I’m truly sorry about your tires. I’d call the cops if I’d witnessed it. “Hypotheticals” as Rudy would call ’em,, from the mouth of your dirtbag cult leader. “I’d like to punch him in the face'” “Any guy that can do a body slam — he’s my kind of guy,” “I’ll beat the crap out of you.” “Part of the problem … is nobody wants to hurt each other anymore.” “The audience hit back. That’s what we need a little bit more of.” “Try not to hurt him. If you do, I’ll defend you in court, don’t worry about it.”… Read more »

downthemiddle
downthemiddle

Andrew. Nice deflection. Go wear a MAGA red hat in almost any town in America and see how long it takes for some radical to physically or verbally assault you. Not just Charlottesville. That is what screaming racist and Nazi will go every day and having folks in the press happy to convey that message.

Do you disagree? Is that not a hideous form of bigotry? And the best liberal get out the vote ploy?

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

Hey, in the words of Curly Howard, I resemble that remark, ACP. But the hats I wear most everywhere are rarely ball caps.

downthemiddle
downthemiddle

MLK was right. What happened to today’s democratic party. Bigotry is at the core.

downthemiddle
downthemiddle

Wow, what a great editorial cartoon! In today’s AJC. We had the WSJ nailed yesterday. Can you imagine anyone being able to turn a red hat into the latest “white pointy hood of racism”? That is almost like magic or something. Didn’t the Klan, founded by the democratic party mind you, have 150 years to perfect their racist symbol? But todays democrats and their buddies in the media —with their total focus on hate and bigotry— have turned a red hat into a racist symbol in world record time!! Do you think they should get a Nobel Prize for Hate… Read more »

chamblee54
chamblee54

Does anyone ever wonder why we say “give a damn” to express apathy or interest? https://chamblee54.wordpress.com/2019/01/23/give-a-damn/

Mr1raggedhole
Mr1raggedhole

Love the pics. Bernie loves him some other people’s dams.

chefdavid
chefdavid

This is too good. https://theintercept.com/2019/01/20/beyond-buzzfeed-the-10-worst-most-embarrassing-u-s-media-failures-on-the-trumprussia-story/

Anybody see the Lt. Gov. piece in the AJC on school choice? Preach on sir. I should be able to get a voucher for some of my property taxes for the school my daughter goes to. The next obstacle would allow it to go to out of State as all the good private schools in our area are in Chattanooga.

Ellynn
Ellynn

I should be able to get a voucher too for not having any children in any school. And a voucher for any and all federal, state, and local child related tax credits, child related deductions, write-offs, and family discounts people with children get and I don’t.

If you were blessed by God to have a child when folks like myself were born with a pre-existing condition preventing them from having a child, and you can be further blessed to have something to complain about like school taxes, vouchers and being ‘over taxed’, be grateful, not whiney.

Gregs
downthemiddle
downthemiddle

Great article about our biased liberal media still trying to trap a kid that did nothing . They try to make him look bad when he is the stinking victim. It is almost a sickening as asking someone “have you stooped beating your wife?! Again, is this a “fair” interview or is she trying to trap the kid? She is over and over try to blame him for goodness sake. The media learned nothing from their lie fest yesterday. Why didn’t this fraud apologize for what the media did to the kids, the families and the schools? And what they… Read more »

downthemiddle
downthemiddle

You know what is pitiful? NOT ONE LIBERAL said the media is wrong here.

Noway2016
Noway2016

Where will State of Union be given? I’m saying at a rally type setting. Not at Capitol.

Noway2016
Noway2016

Well, Trump said it’s a go. Unsure where, though.

Ellynn
Ellynn

Can’t be in the House chamber. Maybe Mitch will let him in the well of the Senate. Speaker’s House, Speaker says who can come and go onto the floor beyond a member of Congress in her House.

Noway2016
Noway2016

So, you’re saying she will not let Trump deliver it in the House Tuesday?

Noway2016
Noway2016

“She also controls the audio and video feeds from the floor of the House…” Wow! The burdens of power, huh?

If he requests to give it from The Oval, they will. They’d have to. It’s news. If they don’t it’s an open admission of their anti-Trump bias.

I won’t even say it…

downthemiddle
downthemiddle

Do it from the Oval office. Tell folks all of the great things going on in this country. Why do we need the democrats there anyway? They have done ABSOLUTLEY NOTHING to help since he was elected. Why should they get any credit? Actually America can see how much little the democrats have to do with anything positive in this country. They wont even open the door and turn on the lights. Never been done in the history of the country. I hope folks are watching this. I hope they are watching the press. I hope they watching the gigantic… Read more »

Ellynn
Ellynn

See also controls whether congress can even have a joint session of Congress. Also controls what public events can occur in the rotunda, like a a ‘Lying in State’, what is served in the cafeteria and even when the caital olice. If the speaker says the President is not allowed in the building next Tuesday, the Sergeant of Arms, will make it so.

Noway2016
Noway2016

And TGM will not go where he is not wanted. No worries Baby Sis. How does Texas stadium sound? I won’t say it…

Ellynn
Ellynn

He couldn’t file a 10,000 seat Texas stadium for a Cruz rally. and is base has slipped 3% since then. Technically he has to give the State of the Union to congress. The written version to congress will be out before he starts talking.

It will be a PR problem for him. He’s going to tell folks how he is going to planning out his 2020 budget while federal workers are in lines to be feed and the FBI is running out of resources like DNA kits, to process crime scenes.

Also not an a.n. item.

downthemiddle
downthemiddle

So Ellyn if Pelosi cared, the FBI can have all of the DNA kits they want and we get some border protection. The same border protection that she wanted, the Clintons Obama and Trump all talked about right? Am I to believe its all Trump’s fault? Could it be he is the only one person willing to fight and do something about the immigration fiasco? So do you follow the liberal party line that we have no problem at all. 700,000 illegals per year is no problem? Even though that is down from over a million per year a few… Read more »

downthemiddle
downthemiddle

Would anyone like to bet Trump wouldn’t have standing room only in Texas if he did that? I will take that bet. What ever happened to the Hillary Clinton listening tour that was only $50 bucks a ticket!? What on earth could those 2 say that we don’t already know about. Now I would go if she would tell us where the emails were and how she ,the FBI and Justice Department worked together to destroy Trump. And if Bill fessed up about all of his girlfriends! I do think that tour is history now after one event in Canada… Read more »

Benevolus
Benevolus

I wanted to offer a plug to the Spelman Museum of Fine Art. There is a show coming up starting Jan. 31 featuring the work of Amy Sherald, who did that amazing portrait of Michelle Obama that is in the National Portrait gallery.
Go see the show!

https://www.spelman.edu/about-us/news-and-events/news-releases/2018/12/18/amy-sheralds-newest-portraits-on-view-at-the-spelman-college-museum-of-fine-art

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

Runs to 18 May.

Noway2016
Noway2016

Does anyone on here know anything about the buying of gold bullion American Eagles? One ounce. Price seems yo good to be true.