April 6, 2016 7:08 AM HomeMorning ReadsMorning Reads to Begin My Birthday Celebrations Morning Reads to Begin My Birthday Celebrations By edatlanta Morning Reads 17 Comments You have a mere eight shopping days left for my birthday. For those of you who were wondering… “Solitary Confinement” by the Members. While, at times, Georgia may be a bit of a laughingstock at least we are neither Mississippi nor Alabama (thanks, Seth for the AL link). Reed sez city employees can’t travel to NC due to new, very-similar-to-RFRA law. Want to tell Atlanta how it’s doing? Now you can! Want to know about the US Department of Transportation’s plan for a unified Southeast rail link? Georgia’s supreme court expansion highlighted in report on the increasing politicization of state judiciaries. On Tuesday, Atlanta Federal Reserve said GDP grew at 0.4% in the first quarter. GSU’s basketball team worth $11.5 million. Cops now take more stuff from citizens than criminals thanks to the wonderful civil forefiture laws like Georgia’s got on the books. #liberty Share this:TwitterFacebookTumblrRedditEmailPrint Related About Author edatlanta 17 Comments Saltycracker Reed travel ban: non-essential city paid travel to NC ? I thought all city paid travel expense had to be essential to their job. Doesn’t matter which side of the religious legislation a politician is on, they wet themselves. Just ban all out of state travel for city employees. And georgiapol needs a 30 day moratorium/cooling off on front page posts on the subject. April 6, 2016 7:39 AM Log in to Reply blakeage80 It is beginning to resemble CNN when a plane crashes anywhere or Fox News when a teen goes missing in the Caribbean, but I can’t stop watching! April 6, 2016 8:46 AM Log in to Reply Saltycracker Forefiture: all that article sensationally proves is burglary is petty stuff compared to drugs, extortion, gambling, fraud…..the problem is how it is used to help fund a very expensive public service….. April 6, 2016 7:55 AM Log in to Reply Raleigh Well Salty here is a test for you. When can law enforcement permanently seize money or other property from a person? A. Only if a person has been charged with and convicted of a crime. B. Only if the person has been or will be charged with a crime. C. Whenever they suspect it’s connected to criminal activity. D. Beats me. April 6, 2016 8:14 AM Log in to Reply edatlanta You forgot option E–when the police know its a poor person and they won’t be able to have representation to get their property back because they have to go to civil court. April 6, 2016 8:19 AM Log in to Reply The Dixie Cheetomonger You have to support LE! *last brain-cell pops out of existence* For a while, I thought it would be better if assets went into the general budget, but that would probably pervert the incentives for justice even further. I̶f̶ ̶y̶o̶u̶ ̶c̶a̶n̶’̶t̶ ̶r̶a̶i̶s̶e̶ ̶t̶a̶x̶e̶s̶,̶ ̶m̶i̶g̶h̶t̶ ̶a̶s̶ ̶w̶e̶l̶l̶ ̶j̶u̶s̶t̶ ̶g̶o̶ ̶a̶r̶o̶u̶n̶d̶ ̶l̶i̶k̶e̶ ̶b̶a̶n̶d̶i̶t̶s̶ ̶a̶n̶d̶ ̶s̶t̶e̶a̶l̶ ̶f̶r̶o̶m̶ ̶t̶h̶e̶ ̶p̶o̶o̶r̶.̶ ̶I̶t̶ ̶c̶e̶r̶t̶a̶i̶n̶l̶y̶ ̶c̶u̶t̶s̶ ̶d̶o̶w̶n̶ ̶o̶n̶ ̶t̶h̶e̶ ̶b̶u̶r̶e̶a̶u̶c̶r̶a̶c̶y̶.̶ ̶ The state has every right to let the law enforcement become revenue generators instead of simply being a drag on the budget. The funds generated by law enforcement should be titled as Bespoke Opportunity Funds. April 6, 2016 9:15 AM Log in to Reply Saltycracker A, keyword being permanently and my point was I expect these seizures (documented taking) by law enforcement to far exceed burglary (undocumented taking)….especially if Holly Springs needs tanks and heavy artillery. April 6, 2016 9:17 AM Log in to Reply Will Durant The 4th amendment is being abused every day in Georgia and in a recent check I did last year’s tightening of the laws have had little to no effect. The majority of DAs and Sheriffs in Georgia are still not reporting confiscations. Documentation? We don’t need no stinking documentation. Meanwhile all the legislature can dwell on are non-existent 1st amendment infringements. April 6, 2016 11:07 AM Log in to Reply ScottNAtlanta E. Anytime they want Unfortunately…E is the correct answer. April 6, 2016 1:20 PM Log in to Reply Raleigh Ed that applies to many in the middle class too because of the cost to go to court. Salty until Obama got involve Holly Springs could get all their military hardware for free. Anyway the correct answer is C. All they have to do is “suspect” not charge or get a conviction. April 6, 2016 9:43 AM Log in to Reply Saltycracker oops, I gave you my opinion. April 6, 2016 9:49 AM Log in to Reply Saltycracker #3 Passenger Rail affordability in GA connecting our larger cities is directly tied to Amtrak. And important. How that gets in line may not necessarily be related to a bureaucracy of a thousand ideas from hundreds of sources to hold forums, seminars, advisory committees/commissions, meetings and various expense paid millions in sideshows. It may take a governor, US senators, house members and mayors to beat the same drum of let’s roll. April 6, 2016 9:46 AM Log in to Reply Saltycracker PS currently in DC on the metro and it is the best way to get anywhere….for common folk….flew up as Amtrak way more Expensive Atl to DC Hope all the Capitol restoration gets done soon…… April 6, 2016 9:54 AM Log in to Reply ScottNAtlanta Happy Birthday Ed…Aries…it all makes sense now. Cant tell ’em anything. They have to figure it out on their own. Do you have your “wish list” set up on Amazon yet 😉 April 6, 2016 1:23 PM Log in to Reply edatlanta My wishlist is 20 $2k gift cards. (Or 80 $500 ones I am flexible). April 6, 2016 3:24 PM Log in to Reply ScottNAtlanta I think thats going to need some sort of fundraising expertise…The Ed Birthday Benefit…benefiting …ED! April 6, 2016 4:11 PM Log in to Reply edatlanta This man gets it. April 6, 2016 7:35 PM Log in to Reply Add a Comment Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.