Morning Reads for Friday, July 18, 2014

Hoping these give a chuckle, as the world goes to hell in a handbasket.

Here:
– Sick of all dat Politickin’? Look – another new place to eat! Former Scoutmobber to open new (to the ATL) sandwich shop.
Faster, please.
– Jobless rate rises in June.
– Chick-fil-a is growing, despite, you know, all that stuff.
Moooooooo.

Here, but There:
Georgia on my mind, in Brazil.

There:
– I’ll take “Neroesque buffoon” for $200, Alex.
– Is Chris Matthews off his meds again?
– Economic patriotism. Or something. (Excellent read. Warning: snark and big words.)
Judicious marksmanship is greatly appreciated.
– The Carbon Tax has been axed Down Under.
Mike Adams prevails.

Random Everywhere:
– He’s still pinin’ for the fjords.
– Those early native languages can be tricky, especially when they become place names. (Really, folks, you need to read this one. You’ll never think of Des Moines the same way again.)

OPEN THREAD:

8 comments

  1. saltycracker says:

    Putin’s rebels are said to have the Malaysian Air black boxes. For conspiracy fans, the plane had a large contingency of AIDS researchers. This is going to get head spinning interesting.

  2. saltycracker says:

    Chris Matthews is one of legions that looks the other way when an unethical politician meets some self-deluding ideals in someone’s head. Hillary does not disappoint those. The latest viral emails on her firing from the Watergate staff caused some web search as they were so harsh – below from truth or fiction ran like others:

    The now-retired general counsel and chief of staff of the House Judiciary Committee, who supervised Hillary when she worked on the Watergate investigation, says Hillary’s history of lies and unethical behavior goes back farther … and goes much deeper … than anyone realizes.

    Jerry Zeifman, a lifelong Democrat, supervised the work of 27-year-old Hillary Rodham on the committee. Hillary got a job working on the investigation at the behest of her former law professor, Burke Marshall, who was also Sen. Ted Kennedy’s chief counsel in the Chappaquiddick affair. When the investigation was over, Zeifman fired Hillary from the committee staff and refused to give her a letter of recommendation … one of only three people who earned that dubious distinction in Zeifman’s 17-year career.

    Why?

    “Because she was a liar,” Zeifman said in an interview last week. “She was an unethical, dishonest lawyer. She conspired to violate the Constitution, the rules of the House, the rules of the committee and the rules of confidentiality.”

    http://www.truthorfiction.com/rumors/c/clinton-watergate.htm#.U8kG73_D_mw

  3. Raleigh says:

    And todays political races and politics in general mirror the Argument Clinic skit. Too funny.

  4. Harry says:

    I admire and respect Gov. Deal, but he’s made a serious strategic error. His “Achilles heel” is ethics. He’s had allegations of ethics violations in congress and as governor. During his term as governor there has been a need and opportunity to put in place a strong code of ethics, with a strong independent organization to investigate and transparently handle complaints. This has not happened, and in a state that’s listed at the bottom of ethics compliance nationwide.

    I don’t think Gov. Deal has been such a serious ethics violator compared to others. However perception is reality and the Democratic media are focused on doing everything to point out the warts. Gov. Deal should have made a concerted effort in his administration to show everyone that he is able to put in place a strong independent system, and it’s still not too late to do so. If he wants to win re-election, he should get proactive and put up some media spots in which he details what ethics reforms he will propose to the legislature in his second term. He needs to admit serious personnel management mistakes were made in his first term, and needs to assure the voters that his legacy will be corrected to become a champion and evangelist of ethical purity by proposing effective handling of violations. The public image of GOP leadership in this state, legislative as well as executive leadership, is really not good. It’s not too late to clean up our act, but Deal as governor should immediately get out in front on this even if it means running against the legislature and the culture. It’s his job to convince the voters that he’s serious about fixing the problem.

    • The Last Democrat in Georgia says:

      Good comments, Harry….But this current ethics controversy is the worst possible scenario for Deal who needed to get through the remainder of the election cycle with no bad ethical news whatsoever to safely clinch re-election against a well-financed opponent with high name ID.

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