Morning Reads – Thursday, February 28, 2019

Farewell February. You’ve been good to us, but hopefully March will bring some sunshine and warmer weather.

Did you know that today is the 26th anniversary of Waco?

Peaches

Jimmy Carter

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Benevolus
Benevolus

This HB316 fiasco is infuriating! How can the SoS be so obviously promoting something so profoundly against all experience and logic? We are being railroaded and it’s in plain sight! If this government was worth it’s taxpayer-paid salaries there would already be an investigation into how and why this system is being jammed down our throats despite the exorbinant cost and opposition by experts. Why is the SoS lying about the comparative costs? Why is the SoS supporting one system over another at all? Why did the SAFE commission majority vote against the expert analysis? I know we can see… Read more »

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

The nearly party line vote was 101 Y – 72 N. My guess less than 10, a few from each party crossing over, so it was officially bipartisan.

http://www.legis.ga.gov/Legislation/en-US/vote.aspx?VoteID=16594

bethebalance
bethebalance

I would’ve thought that FreedomWorks would have had a little more impact with their letter, assuming it was delivered in time.
Now I have to ask what log was rolled in exchange for party commitment to this Yea vote? I.e., What may Kemp have committed to Ralston in exchange?

Gregs
Gregs

https://www.ajc.com/blog/politics/the-jolt-cost-estimates-voting-machines-are-misleading-conservative-groups-charge/vMD6r3Gs55uMwshsYzLkyN/

Just wanted to make sure you saw the analysis from the sos. I agree this needs a second look.

davidmac
davidmac

Oh, I know, we can call it the “Semi-Fortnightly Benchmark!”

Goldberg and Hayes to form a new conservative media company

chilidawg1971
chilidawg1971

Written in chalk on a school blackboard: “My grades tell me I need to become a trophy wife. My looks tell me I need to study harder!” Humor is the best medicine. It cures everything!

bethebalance
bethebalance

I’m sure there are sites made for comedy. At lease ones where you can test if your joke is actually good or not.

chefdavid
chefdavid
bethebalance
bethebalance

The bill means “you could be pulled over if you’re seen petting your pup behind the wheel.”
So is the problem that ppl are letting their dogs drive?

Benevolus
Benevolus

That would suck. Dogs do not understand turn signals at all.

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

From the NYT: Republicans Sink Further Into Trump’s Cesspool: What they left out of their questioning of Michael Cohen says more about the degradation of my former party than anything they said. “A second thing that stands out from Mr. Cohen’s testimony is that the Republican Party has been as corrupted by its association with Mr. Trump as Mr. Cohen was by his.” “The ethic that became the norm at the Trump Organization —- defacing the truth and disfiguring reality in the service of Donald J. Trump — is the ethic that has become the norm of the Republican Party… Read more »

The Eiger
The Eiger

Election night 2020 is going to be a sad place for you when Trump wins a second term. Democrats could easily win if they would just focus on real issues and not this sideshow. Much liked republicans pissed away their chances of beating Obama in 2012 the democrats are going to do the exact same thing. All because of their inability to focus on real issues. This sideshow with Cohen is only going to make the people who voted for Trump more likely to show up and vote again. The democrats willingness to sign on to a Green Deal bill… Read more »

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

Gun legislation passed the house yesterday.

Key differences between Obama and Trump are their character and integrity. Voters will decide if those characteristics, and whether legal equal ethical in their representation.

The Eiger
The Eiger

Yeah, gun legislation passed, but without the common sense amendment that would notify ICE if someone here illegally was trying to purchase a gun. But democrats will continue to scream they only want common sense gun legislation.

I’d use that in ads all day to beat Lucy McBath and the others that voted against it.

davidmac
davidmac

Factually incorrect. The Motion to Recommit, offered by Rep Collins, was agreed to, and the Nadler Amendment (text below) was inserted into the bill, then the bill passed with the notification requirement. So then there are true, but misleading ads on both sides: D’s voted against the motion to recommit, which added this clause; R’s voted against the bill to pass, which included this clause. ‘‘(E) Regulations promulgated under this paragraph shall include, in the case of a background check conducted by the national instant criminal background check system in response to a contact from a licensed importer, licensed manufacturer,… Read more »

Ellynn
Ellynn

If people voted for character, Trump and Hillary would not have been the nominees for their parties in 2016.

Gregs
Gregs

The Republican Party has made a deal with the devil but that doesn’t mean they’ll lose. The devil has a lot of fans. And, right now, he wins more than he loses. But the Democrats aren’t doing themselves any favors. I was really appalled by both sides behavior during yesterday’s hearings. I had no expectations of decency from the Republicans on the panel. The mistake the Democrats made was focusing on things like: a) did Trump beat his wife in an elevator b) does the pee tape exist? c) does the love child exist? e) is Trump behind on child… Read more »

The Eiger
The Eiger

Let’s pump the brakes on using phrases like “making deals with the devil.” The definition of the devil at work is voting against a bill that would protect a child born alive. Trying to redefine what murder is is literally doing the devils work for him.

As I said in another post the democrats could win in 2020 if they were disciplined. But votes like this one and going low as you say will get Trump reelected.

alpha male
alpha male

I agree with you in that Trump derangement syndrome is gonna hurt the dems but even if they get off of that, I just don’t see this country voting for someone who actually supports the extremist agenda of the current dem party. Green new deal, post birth abortion, reparations, free everything? Maybe I am naive but I just have a hard time seeing a majority voting for an agenda that is both absurd and evil.

chilidawg1971
chilidawg1971

I keep hearing the term post birth abortion. How can it be an abortion if the child was actually delivered out of the birth canal? Alive. Any step taken post birth to end the baby’s life, if completed, is murder. That issue alone will result in Trump’s re-election.

bethebalance
bethebalance

My understanding, limited as it is, is that there are vey rare situations where late-term abortions go wrong. The procedure may be done to save the life of the mother, or because the child is already dying, but either way the child is already dying. The bill would want the doctor to try to resuscitate a dying baby that has no chance at living, and about which the life or death decision was already medically determined. Gruesome stuff, really. No one wants to see a baby die, or witness attempts to save an inevitably dying baby. It’s not like anybody… Read more »

Gregs
Gregs

Stuff happens! Before 2016 we all had a harrd time believing the country could elect a twice divorced, immigrant marrying, reality TV host whose only political experience was 7 years of dogging the current president with a racist theory about his birth and religion.

Benevolus
Benevolus

No one opposes care for newborn babies. It’s the potential 5 year prison term for doctors that is the problem.
So this is another one of those cynical bills that no one expected to pass but it creates a deceptive message that can be used for political purposes.
Nice.

The Eiger
The Eiger

I’m all for a five year prison sentence to doctors who use a pair of scissors to sever the spinal cord of a child that is born alive.

Benevolus
Benevolus

I’m pretty sure that is already illegal.
But if that was all it punished it might have passed anyway.
https://www.congress.gov/bill/116th-congress/senate-bill/311/text

davidmac
davidmac

Yeah. The defect with the bill is in the definitions section, and that’s what’s objectionable. “(e) Definitions.—In this section the following definitions apply: “(1) ABORTION.—The term ‘abortion’ means the use or prescription of any instrument, medicine, drug, or any other substance or device— “(A) to intentionally kill the unborn child of a woman known to be pregnant; or “(B) to intentionally terminate the pregnancy of a woman known to be pregnant, with an intention other than— “(i) after viability, to produce a live birth and preserve the life and health of the child born alive; or “(ii) to remove a… Read more »

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

Quoting for legislation appreciated, davidmac.

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

A plus sides, Gregs, to some of the Dems non-germane questions is that Cohen dealt allegations made them hyperbole in refuting them.

alpha male
alpha male

The main takeaway from that circus yesterday is that the dems, and obviously Mueller, have bupkis on Russsian collusion. And they now obviously realize that is a dog that ain’t gonna hunt. Even if there really was anyone still believing that Russia canard, Cohen pretty much stomped that sucker flat ( with apologies to the late great LG). That’s why they went down ratholes such as rascism,love children, and domestic violence.

What an embarrassment.

Jack Fitz
Jack Fitz

2018 annual GDP: 2.9%. In the year when you’d expect the MOST economic activity from the massive revenue slash, we grew at 2.9%. “3% is the floor, i’d expect 4, 5, 6% growth…” – Every Trump Economic ‘adviser’

But whats another few trillion dollars onto the debt….