Morning Reads for Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Don’t Matter How Raggly The Flag, It Still Got To Tie Us Together — Thornton Dial, 2003 (Photo by Stephen Pitkin)

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Saltycracker
Saltycracker

We need to start more cities around here that compete to get all in admin into six figures, then the residents can feel their city value. The enemy is us.

Nathan
Nathan

NASA’s Opportunity rover celebrated it’s 12 year on Mars on Sunday. It was initially rated to last 90 days.

http://www.sgvtribune.com/science/20160124/nasas-opportunity-rover-was-supposed-to-last-90-days-on-mars-today-is-its-12th-anniversary

The Eiger
The Eiger

I thought Matt Damon destroyed it to make a radio when he was stranded on Mars.

Noway2016
Noway2016

You think that’s impressive? Both Voyagers are still spitting out a tiny signal almost 40 years later! NASA is the greatest example of govt spending in history!

Benevolus
Benevolus

Odd trivia:
There were 112 deaths associated with the construction of [Hoover] dam. The first was J. G. Tierney, a surveyor who drowned on December 20, 1922, while looking for an ideal spot for the dam. His son, Patrick W. Tierney, was the last man to die working on the dam, 13 years to the day later.

(Wikipedia)

Raleigh
Raleigh

Here is a good idea. No conviction equals no forfeiture of your property. Lets see if it passes.

http://politics.blog.ajc.com/2016/01/26/scot-turners-idea-no-conviction-no-forfeiture

Noway2016
Noway2016

+1. Asset forfeiture without FIRST obtaining a conviction is obscene! Ain’t no way in hell it’s constitutional! Don’t give a s**t what the sorry a$$ed Supreme Court has ruled! It simply does not pass the common sense test…

Benevolus
Benevolus

Well you might as well forget about seizing anything then, because the assets would be long gone by the time a conviction rolls around, don’t you think?

“An analysis by Sarah Stillman in The New Yorker suggested that states that place seized funds in neutral accounts, such as Maine, Missouri (which puts seized funds in accounts for public education), North Dakota, and Vermont, have been much less likely to have major scandals involving forfeiture abuse.[6] States like Texas and Virginia and Georgia which have few restrictions on how police use the seized funds have had more scandals”
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Civil_forfeiture_in_the_United_States#States

Raleigh
Raleigh

I agree, we should forget about seizing anything until we can stop the abuse of civil forfeiture by the people we pay to protect us. The temptation for easy money has proven too great and this harms innocent people who are only going about their legal business. Here is another article by Ms. Stillman for the New Yorker. There is no excuse for the abuse she outlines other than the real criminals are doing the seizing.

http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2013/08/12/taken

Noway2016
Noway2016

How bout innocent until PROVEN guilty, B?

Benevolus
Benevolus

So we should let murder suspects roam free until they are convicted?

Noway2016
Noway2016

Ummm, B, you ever heard of bail? LMAO! Jeeeeeez!

Benevolus
Benevolus

So isn’t that a seizure? If you have to pay to be free you’re not exactly innocent.

Will Durant
Will Durant

It will not see the light of day in this session. We have too many election year bills attempting to give more 1st amendment rights unnecessarily to majorities. Josh McKoon has yet to cite a case where his RFRA would have protected a Georgian’s 1st amendment rights. We certainly don’t have time to address abuses to the 4th amendment that occur several times every day in our state and have done so for decades. BTW, someone send a memo to Superintendent Woods as these confiscations are one category where we have Georgia exceptionalism. We’re Number 1! We’re Number 1! We’re…

Lea Thrace
Lea Thrace

You Spin Me Around is by Dead or Alive. Please do not give FloRida (i just cant with his name) any credit for that!

I am not irrationally perturbed.

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

So let me get this straight: Brookhaven hires a city manager and pays her a high salary because she is good enough to command said high salary. After she’s been working there a while, they offer her a raise, increasing said high salary. I have not read anything about this story that suggests she’s being fired for cause or that anyone thinks she’s doing a bad job. So, is this just a case of the city council looking at the tab and realizing “oh crap, we can’t afford this”? If so, I would have demanded they pay the entirety of… Read more »

Ginny
Ginny

Amen, sister. Knitting calms the mind and spirit.

It is the ONLY thing that has kept me sane this last year.

Ellynn
Ellynn

For me, knitting ends up with unraveling knots, missed stiches and sweater sleeves in different lengths… it has the opposite effect of calm on my sanity. Although my mother says it’s highly entertaining to watch me attempt to knit.