July 18, 2019 6:35 AM HomeMorning ReadsMorning Reads – Thursday, July 18, 2019 Morning Reads – Thursday, July 18, 2019 By Jessica Szilagyi Morning Reads 17 Comments Continued prayers for Senator Iskason and a speedy recovery. Peaches City touts early success of first-in-Georgia false alarm law.New student achievement plans for peach state.Blakely 1960 cold case reopened after documentary.Southern Cities Cross Political Divide.Commissioner removed as head of Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice.They were warned?Rollbacks on nuclear power oversights.A slow environmental approach in Fulton. Jimmy Carter Rand Paul is under fire for wanting to have a plan.The Fraught Effort to Return to the Moon.Well, that’s one way to run off the homeless.As New Political Scandals Engulf Puerto Rico, How Much More Can The Island Take?President Trump, don’t embrace left-wing ideas to get something done on drug prices.Washington Supreme Court rules ‘obesity’ is a disability.America Outperforms Canada in Surgery Wait Times—And It’s Not Even Close.Good. Riddance.Supposedly, support for the citizenship question has dipped a bit. Sweet Tea Ugly is in and Crocs are back.In the most obvious news, quite possibly of our lifetime…Make social media coddle again.A house made of plastic soda bottles can withstand winds twice as strong as a Category-5 hurricane. Share this:TumblrFacebookRedditTwitterEmailPrint Related About Author Jessica Szilagyi 17 Comments Ellynn If you ever wondered what your port related tax dollars do and pay for, behold… https://www.linkedin.com/feed/update/urn:li:activity:6557632090047856640 July 18, 2019 11:21 AM Log in to Reply Benevolus “General surgery, procedures such as appendectomies, … make up the largest portion of those who leave Canada for care.” I mean, an appendectomy isn’t exactly an elective surgery, is it? That’s usually pretty urgent. They are saying that Canadians can get to a US emergency room and get treated faster than they can in Canada? Suspicious. July 18, 2019 12:11 PM Log in to Reply Grindelwald I’d have to think that’s just the writer doing a bad job crafting an example of a general surgery. An appendectomy is nearly always an emergent procedure brought about by acute appendicitis. Now, a cholecystectomy can be both emergent – particularly when the patient has developed pancreatitis or there’s a blockage of the bile duct – and elective, depending on the severity of the gallstone and the aforementioned pancreas/liver issues that may result from prolonged inflammation. July 18, 2019 1:57 PM Log in to Reply Benevolus Yeah but when you consider that it comes from the Heritage Foundation, it seems likely to be not a mistake, but a purposeful attempt to mislead. July 18, 2019 2:12 PM Log in to Reply Michael Republicans – how can y’all be so comfortable with mob hate? “Send her back” chanted at a rally is nothing more than hate. I just don’t understand how intelligent, decent, kind, successful people who used to make up the Republican Party can tolerate such rabid foaming at the mouth. Y’all must know it’s wrong. And don’t “what about X, Y and Z.” What aboutism in no way excuses what has happened to the formerly Grand Ole Party. July 18, 2019 12:32 PM Log in to Reply Grindelwald Republicans – how can y’all be so comfortable with mob hate? Because they agree with him. They may not want to admit it publicly or discuss the matter in polite company, but somewhere in the deep recesses of their soul they agree with what Trump is saying. Trump isn’t doing anything particularly “new.” This is the Goldwater/Nixon/Reagan playbook, he’s just ditched the dogwhistle. July 18, 2019 2:05 PM Log in to Reply Gregs This will help you understand what’s really going on: https://www.axios.com/republican-party-demographics-threat-trump-racism-1524a8a1-c2f1-4183-896f-107420e2d50a.html This is about fear! Mortal fear. Trump’s full throated embrace of white nationalism is rooted in his understanding that he can’t win again without getting “those people” out of “our” country. Now the democrats are fully capable of nominating another Hillary and giving away the election. But, short of shooting themselves in the foot the numbers say that there aren’t enough white nationalist in the country to give the GOP another shot at power. McConnell knows this and he may try to get rid of RBG and fill her seat with another “orginalist” so that the ideology can live on after they lose power. Trump is a fool and a racist but he’s an expert at riling up the base of the republican party. He’s doing such a great job of it that he’s turned off and fired up everybody else. Short of a democrat screw up, his shelf life has expired! The fear I’m talking about is that the demographic shift will cause the ruling class to believe they will be treated the same way they treated everyone else. They’re trying to hold onto power using “voter suppression”, disenfranchisement, threats to send people of color out of the country, fraud, gerrymandering, stealing supreme court seats and anything else that will slow the inevitable shift of power. I think that fear is a greater motivator than hate but there is plenty of both in Trump’s GOP! July 18, 2019 4:34 PM Log in to Reply Grindelwald A little out of order, but still: McConnell knows this and he may try to get rid of RBG The only way McConnel is getting rid of RBG is if he tries to smother her with a pillow or pushes her down a flight of stairs. Even then, I get the feeling RBG could easily take that soft-palmed, turkey-necked old man. There aren’t enough white nationalist in the country to give the GOP another shot at power I mean, if you only count the folks that attend Klan rallies or tiki torch marches then, yeah, there isn’t enough of them to carry any state in this union. But Trump didn’t win in 2016 because of the white nationalists. He won in 2016 because “reasonable” Republicans voted for him en masse while collectively clutching their pearls at how uncouth he was and lamenting the “state of the discourse.” It’s gonna happen again. Trump’s going to get on Twitter or get on a campaign stage and call all the “Mexicans” rapists. He’s going to claim that all the Muslims hate America. He’s going to tell LeBron James to go back to Africa. He’s going to talk about deporting all the brown people he can find. He might say the N-word. He might call someone a wetback or a daygo or a money-grubbing Jew. No matter what he does or what he says, the “reasonable” Republicans… the Johnny Isaksons, Casey Cagles, and Karen Handels of the world will pretend they didn’t hear it or claim that he misspoke. They’ll probably point a finger at the person being attacked and claim that they asked for it (as if criticizing the President justifies deportation). Then they’ll hold their noses and vote for the guy. Then, years down the line, they’ll try and pretend that they didn’t play any part in helping Trump get where he is or helping him wreak havoc. July 18, 2019 4:57 PM Log in to Reply Gregs If I told you before 2015 that an open seat on the supreme court would be held open for more than a year to deny a duly elected president the opportunity to appoint a justice would you have believed me? No! No one would have because its never been done before McConnell did it. So is it so hard to believe that Mitch McConnell would do “something/anything” to get another seat for Trump to fill? July 18, 2019 5:17 PM Log in to Reply Grindelwald He can’t impeach her, he can’t pass legislation setting a retirement age for SCOTUS judges, and he’s not gonna murder her. We’re living in a dark timeline but it ain’t that dark. July 18, 2019 7:55 PM Gregs Jamal Khashoggi and Otto Warmbier’s families would like to believe times aren’t that dark but the President of the US is in love with the murderers. Yes, I wouldn’t put murder pass Trump and McConnell if that is what it takes to win.” July 18, 2019 9:24 PM Grindelwald Yes, I wouldn’t put murder pass [sic] Trump and McConnell if that is what it takes to win My guy, what makes you think Donald Trump could pull off a murder? This guy raw dogged a porn star and then managed to completely bungle the hush money payments. His charity got shut down because he was too stupid to know that when you take donations from your charity you shouldn’t deposit them directly in your personal account. He is, quite literally, one of the stupidest people in American public life. His kids are even dumber than he is. Every photo of Eric looks like he hasn’t learned how to breathe through his nose. Don Jr. might have the smoothest brain in human history. Jared’s such a genius his Middle East peace plan consisted of “well what if we just gave Palestine a bunch of money to go away?” Ivanka’s “business” consisted of hiring Chinese sweatshops to infringe the work of real shoe and clothing designers. As the past two years have shown, even the people who aren’t related to him are equally inept. Tom Price: moron. Kris Kobach: literally forced to take CLEs because he didn’t know fundamental basics of how to be a lawyer. Ryan Zinke: imbecile. Alex Acosta: couldn’t even get away with giving a sweetheart plea deal to a serial child molester. Mike Pence: got offended by the film ‘Mulan.’ Seb Gorka: has a PhD from a university that might not exist. This is like expecting the Sticky Bandits from ‘Home Alone’ to pull off a successful heist of the Crown Jewels. July 18, 2019 10:06 PM Benevolus Yeah but they don’t actually have to DO it. All they have to do is incite. Rep. Omar’s life is probably in serious jeopardy at this point, and all it would take is for Individual 1 to aim his berzerker army at RBG. July 19, 2019 7:45 AM Gregs A lot of voters chose Obama and then Trump. But in 2018 the Obama/Trump voters came home leaving the GOP with a purified base of Nazis and White Nationalist, that’s why they lost the house in a landslide. These voters are turned off by the “get out of my country” crowd Trumps appealing to now. July 18, 2019 5:23 PM Log in to Reply Grindelwald A lot of voters chose Obama and then Trump. There is very little evidence that Obama/Trump voters comprised a significant amount of the electorate in any state. Trump won because of better base turnout in WI, MI, and PA. July 18, 2019 9:53 PM alpha male Exhibit A as to why democrat voters actually believed Christine Blasey Ford. And why democrat voters actually believe Stacy Abrams won her election. You really cannot make this stuff up. July 18, 2019 8:12 PM Log in to Reply Gregs More from the party of Trump. Get out of my country Speaker Ralston! https://www.ajc.com/news/crime–law/after-ralston-delayed-case-for-years-preacher-admits-groping-year-old/o3Edi7qTgj1oEF8VqPTKaP/ July 18, 2019 5:32 PM Log in to Reply Add a Comment Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.