Morning Reads Wherein I Ponder February

UPDATE: I can’t believe I was remiss and failed to link to the starting lineup of Puppy Bowl XII. Slide 15 is Georgia’s representative. 

Truly this is the dreariest month of all. But what’s problematic with the weather is that I’ve already seen several flowering trees bloom weeks ago. This is going to be a hellacious year for agriculture.

“Tidal Wave” by The Apples in Stereo. (No band captured the Elephant 6 sound better).

  1. “Our sole Doctor of Southern Groundology, Gen. Beauregard Lee,” says the winter-that-never-came will end soon. And he probably has more authority on our climate, than, you know, climate scientists. 
  2. #OnlyInAmerica!
  3. Atlanta’s CIO on semi-Big-Brother techniques to make city safer. 
  4. Could Dekalb, DEKALB OF ALL PLACES, sink MARTA expansion? 
  5. Winning the fight against gerrymandering in Dixie. 
  6. Allen Peake on growing pot in Georgia, civil disobedience. 
  7. Want to watch a live stream of Georgia newspaper publisher Mike Buffington growing pot? You’re in luck!
  8. Oh. You don’t?
  9. Politico on why conservative judge Dax Lopez just wasn’t conservative enough for Sen. David Perdue. 
  10. None of the reasons are good.
  11. Isakson raises money for Parkinson’s research. 
  12. Please give.
  13. Searching for an underground culture in Karachi. 

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Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Sen. Perdue’s torpedoing of Judge Lopez is disgraceful. For a guy who ran on a platform of “durr, I’m not gonna be like regular politicians,” this seems like a cravenly political move.

John Konop
John Konop

I would like to hear a rational defense of the ill thought-out War on Drugs? How do the supporters think this policy has not been a complete disaster? If you have no defense why are we not letting the pot industry grow in Georgia, to help our economy? As the Pew institute pointed out in a study, poverty would decrease by 30 percent if we ended the War on Drugs. Can anyone come up with any policy that would decrease poverty at a faster rate? I like and respect Governor Deal, it is time to end this irrational War on… Read more »

Benevolus
Benevolus

No argument about the ‘war on drugs”. As an employer though, I wonder about pot legalization. Are there “under the influence” threshold levels like there are for alcohol? Booze leaves your system relatively quickly but pot does not. One could smoke a doob at night and still test positive many days later. If I have a driver or warehouse worker who wants to legally smoke a little, how do I know he is not impaired?

Calypso
Calypso

“If I have a driver or warehouse worker who wants to legally smoke a little, how do I know he is not impaired?”

Conversely, If you have a driver or warehouse worker who wants to illegally smoke a little, how do you know he is not impaired?

Will Durant
Will Durant

It’s real easy right now no matter how unfair. It is called zero tolerance. Depending upon how fat your are among other factors the intoxicant with likely the least impairment to driving can be detected a month or more after the buzz has been killed. With it being considered illegal as a Schedule 1 narcotic it makes the math easy with anything over very low trace amounts proving you have imbibed and therefore lose your job, parole, etc. As I said, it’s unfair now, making it legal may blur some lines but at least in the near future it will… Read more »

Calypso
Calypso

Point taken.

I guess my comment was more to elicit acknowledgement that just because MJ is illegal that, in and of itself, doesn’t prevent Benevolus’ employee from having a toke or two. If B truly wants to know if the employee is or is not impaired, then the drug test works regardless as to the legality of said drug.

Benevolus
Benevolus

And I am just saying that even if it were legal, if there is no established threshold for “impaired”, then companies have little choice but to have zero tolerance, which makes the legality kind of moot, since anyone working couldn’t ever partake anyway.

Noway2016
Noway2016

Valid point, B. If he continues to come into your office and says, “Hey, Bud, let’s party!!” you should really be concerned!

John Konop
John Konop

Agree Calypso!

gcp
gcp

The “War on Drugs” ended many years ago. Currently only 11.51% (6091 inmates) of our Ga. state prisoners are incarcerated for drug offenses and most of these are for trafficking/distribution. Legalizing marijuana is a good idea but it does little to address incarceration or poverty. Deal asked for 20 million more for prison spending in this years budget, some of which will go to prison educational programs. Currently only 30% of Ga. inmates have a high school diploma or GED while at the same time our prison recidivism rate is approximately 44%. To successfully address poverty and crime you must… Read more »

Calypso
Calypso

“The “War on Drugs” ended many years ago.”

I assume the Armistice was signed on April 20?

gcp
gcp

It ended like it began, without a date.

John Konop
John Konop

gcp, In all due respect it goes beyond prison sentence…..the War on Drugs overwhelming targets the poor who cannot afford the process….Not only are they arrested at an alarming rate above the wealthy relative to use, the economic situation makes compliance much more difficult via lack of money, opportunities….. …………The title of this post is the subheadline of this notable Politico commentary authored by Charles Koch and Mark Holden. Here are excerpts: As Americans, we like to believe the rule of law in our country is respected and fairly applied, and that only those who commit crimes of fraud or… Read more »

gcp
gcp

John Konop We been through this discussion many times. Once again, our total federal prison population is approximately 196,000 in a country of well over 300 million total population. Our Ga. prison population is currently 52,972, 50.68% are in for violent crimes and 15.69% for sexual crimes. These folks need to be incarcerated. Most of the others are repeat thieves, burglars, drug deals, fraudsters that don’t want to rehabilitate. Additionally we have approximately 35,667 in local jails. Most of these individuals are serving short sentences for misdemeanors or are awaiting trial. These totals hardly constitute “mass incarceration.” The problems are… Read more »

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

Yesterday was Groundhog Day, and the US House for the 60th plus time voted to repeal Obamacare. A timely vote reminiscent of the movie Groundhog Day. Who says life doesn’t imitate art?

For those thinking the GOP has solutions—the number of the House votes on an Obamacare replacement plan in the five plus years since its enactment—that would be zero.

John Konop
John Konop

GCP, You and I agree on many things and I do respect you….on this topic you over look many issues regarding poor people especially on this issue. Even if a person does not do time, a massive burden of finding a job with an arrest and or conviction record, no drivers licence……is major factor driving poverty as pointed out by Pew, Ohio State study, Stanford study…..The scarlet letter approach is really hurting our country. I give Rand Paul credit for pointing this out in the last debate. …….GOP Debate: Rand Paul says war on drugs disproportionately affecting African 7th GOP… Read more »

gcp
gcp

We have over 100 specialty courts (drug, mental health, veteran) in Ga. If you successfully complete the program you don’t have a conviction, nor do you get prison time. We also have 1st Offender Act for some offenses which clears your conviction if you don’t reoffend.

Most violent, sexual and repeat offenders should keep their criminal records/history because potential employers and in some cases, the general public, should know who these people are. I don’t have much compassion when it comes to violent, sexual and repeat offenders.

John Konop
John Konop

gcp,

The problem is poor kids do not have the same resources to complete the programs as rich kids. They do not have parents to drive them around and or pay uber via driver licence being taking away to complete requirements like job, rehap programs…..Nor do they have inside connections to help with job requirement needed via the kid being on the program….which is public knowledge….The data clearly supports the rich kids have a way better chance of completion than poor kids. You even made the point about parental support needed….

gcp
gcp

Yes, parental support is always needed. Strong correlation between poverty and single parent households. Let’s encourage two parent households which will result in higher family income, more family emphasis on education, fewer behavior problems and much less criminal activity. Note my comment above. Only 30% of our Ga. inmates have a high school diploma or GED. All kids have access to high school in Ga. and most are within driving distance of a higher education facility yet most inmates chose crime rather than school. Gang life and crime take the place of family when a supportive family does not exist.… Read more »

Pete Gibbons
Pete Gibbons

Do not forget the biggest news of the day. Bowman resident / 5 star recruit / #1 ranked athlete in the county, Mecole Hardman has chosen to stay home and spend his Saturdays at Sanford Stadium. Go Dawgs!!

Saltycracker
Saltycracker

Immigration being one of our top concerns and Purdue recognizing that and looking for sound revisions, why would he settle for ” the next guy will be worse” and support a judge believing amnesty is a solution ? Agree we should move drugs to a health problem starting with legalizing pot and getting a grip on pain medication but poverty has become an institution, a negative one, education a bureaucratic nightmare and law a sport. Its not all gloomy just harder to find safe ports. Hmmm, just read China bought a huge Swiss food company and Muslims want that cross… Read more »

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

Whoa, New Hampshire. Forget Dennis Rodman. Trump has brought in a big gun. Scott Brown, the Republican who ran for Senate in NH, endorsed Trump yesterday in the critical week before the NH presidential primary. Who better to vouch for Trump to NH voters than an out-of-state carpetbagger that ran for office in NH and lost? Too bad that Brown wasn’t able to top Palin’s speech endorsing Trump. She really nailed it. For those that want to start the day with amusement—The Palin speech in its entirety follows a montage of short phrases from the speech: http://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=palin+speech+endorsing+trump+youtube&qpvt=palin+speech+endorsing+trump+youtube&view=detail&mid=5AC6AA68AD07B197D4615AC6AA68AD07B197D461&FORM=VRDGAR .

The Eiger
The Eiger
Ellynn
Ellynn

In defense of February; It has a day that all chocolate wrapped in red and pink is marked down by 50-70 %. It has the drama of Leap Year. I get to explain why I run around with black stuff on my forehead on a random Wednesday. We have the Book festival and the Irish festival here in town. AND people send me presents and money, plus take me out to expensive dinners – just because my mom had to suffer through 36 hours of labor.

It’s A Great Month!!!!

Calypso
Calypso

Well, Happy ValenLeapAshBookEireBirthday to you Ellynn!

Lea Thrace
Lea Thrace

^^What Calypso said

John Konop
John Konop

I give a big thumps up to Scot Turner and Micheal Caldwell with this bill. No way the government should be able to take your assets unless until you are convicted. If the items you have are illegal, than that is a different case. Taking money, cars…….until you are convicted is just wrong. We leave in a society that the burden of proof is suppose to be on the government, not the other way around. This was a cornerstone issue we fought for…… ……….State Rep. Scot Turner, R-Holly Springs, introduced House Bill 832 Monday, a piece of legislation that would… Read more »